1986 Volume 35 Issue 394 Pages 810-816
It is significant to study the difference between thermal fatigue behavior and high temperature low cycle fatigue, in order to understand the fracture mechanism of metals.
In this study, thermal fatigue tests (the upper temperature 800°C, the lower temperature 400°C) and low cycle fatigue tests at 800°C were carried out for super alloy IN738LC, and the initiation of a short crack and its propagation behavior were observed.
The results of these fatigue tests showed that the difference in fatigue life between them were caused by the differences in crack initiation life and crack propagation rate during the time of the short crack (2a≤2.0mm).
On the other hand, it was observed that the fatigue crack propagation behavior was affected largely by the fracture resistance of grain boundary and cell boundary in crystal grains at high temperatures.