Fracture behaviour of a TiAl alloy under various loading modes

R Cao, YZ Lin, Dawei Hu, JH Chen

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Tensile tests, compression tests, in situ tensile tests, bending tests, tensile fatigue tests and bending fatigue tests were carried out for a TiAl alloy. Based oil the global experimental results and microscopic observations of the fracture surfaces and cracking behaviour oil the side Surfaces of tested specimens, the fracture mechanisms of fully lamellar (FL) TiAl alloys under various loading modes are Summarized as following: (1) Cracks initiate at grain boundaries and/or interfaces between lamellae. (2) When a crack extends to a critical length, which matches the fracture loading stress the crack propagates catastrophically through entire specimen. (3) The crack with the critical length can be produced promptly by the applied load in the tensile and bending test or be produced step-by-step by a much lower load in the fatigue tensile test. (4) For fatigue bending tests, the fatigue crack initiates and extends directly from the notch root, then extends step-by-step with increasing the fatigue bending loads. The fatigue crack maybe extends through entire specimen at a lower fatigue load or triggers the cleavage through the whole specimen at a higher load. (5) In compressive tests, cracks initiate and propagate in directions parallel or inclined to the compressive load after producing appreciable plastic strains. The specimen call be fractured by the propagation of cracks in both directions. (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4343-4362
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • TiAl alloys
  • in situ tensile test
  • compression
  • fracture mechanisms
  • fatigue


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