Volume 56 (2015) Issue 3 Pages 424-428
Fatigue crack propagation behavior in a 7075-type Al alloy (Al-5.6%Zn-2.5%Mg-1.6%Cu) was investigated by applying Diffraction-Amalgamated Grain Boundary Tracking (DAGT), which provides grain morphologies and crystallographic orientations in three dimensions (3D). 3D crack morphologies at different propagation stages in the bulk of the sample were successfully obtained using synchrotron radiation X-ray microtomography (SRCT) technique. The apparent crack growth rate, da/dN, which varies significantly along a crack front line, was calculated. There are rapid acceleration and deceleration regions of da/dN due to the interaction with grain boundary (GB) and crack closure segments. Typical crack morphology under the influence of Mode II (in-plane shear) and Mode III (out-of-plane shear), such as crack deflection and twist, is detected by the observation of 2D tomographic slice image. A detailed direct assessment of microstructure-crack interaction behaviors has been achieved by applying the DAGT technique.