Fatigue properties of a nanocrystalline titanium based bulk metallic glassy alloy

Mitsuhiro Okayasu, Tomoki Shigeoka

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To obtain a better understanding of the fatigue properties and crack growth characteristics of a nanocrystalline titanium based bulk metal glasses (Ti-BMG) made by vacuumed casting process, the fatigue failure mechanisms of Ti-BMG have been investigated via S – N and da/dN – ΔK tests. For comparison, the crystalline Ti alloy Ti-Al6V4 was also employed. The fatigue strength in the early fatigue stage was high for Ti-BMG due to the high tensile strength. However, the fatigue strength decreased significantly in the late fatigue stage. The higher slope of S – N relation was detected for Ti-BMG, which crossed that for the Ti-Al6V4 sample around 5 × 103 cycles. In the higher Region II, the fatigue crack growth rate was of similar level for both Ti-BMG and Ti-Al6V4 due to their similar strain energy. In the lower Region II, however, the lower crack growth resistance was obtained for Ti-BMG, as compared to Ti-Al6V4. This was attributed to the high crack driving force for Ti-BMG, caused by the weak roughness-induced crack closure. Such crack closing characteristics of Ti-BMG were systematically investigated by various experimental techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-484
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Science: Advanced Materials and Devices
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Crack closure
  • Crack growth
  • Fatigue failure mechanism
  • Metallic glass
  • Titanium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Biomaterials
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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