Local deformation patterns in Ti–6Al–4V under tensile, fatigue and dwell fatigue loading

Philip Littlewood, A.J. Wilkinson

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Abstract

We have used EBSD orientation mapping and digital image correlation-based strain mapping to investigate
inhomogeneous deformation of Ti–6Al–4V in tension, fatigue and cold-dwell fatigue. Strong strain
inhomogeneities were found in all loading modes and in each case the pattern of high and low strain
is established relatively early in the tests. Comparing the orientation and strain maps shows that
grain–grain interactions are the primary cause of strain concentration. Surface grains with the crystallographic
c-axis parallel to the loading direction showed very low strain levels, and neighbouring grains
showed exceptionally high strain levels. In both fatigue and dwell fatigue, these regions of high strain
concentration were observed to act as sites for crack nucleation. Strain evolution was found to be significantly
different in each loading mode; in particular, deformation in dwell fatigue appears to have
similarities with creep deformation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Volume43
Pages (from-to)111-119
ISSN0142-1123
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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