Fatigue of beta titanium alloy at 20, 482 and 648 °C

P. A. Solimine, C. J. Lissenden

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Fatigue life of fibrous metal matrix composites is limited by the distribution of fibre strengths, the fibre-matrix interfacial strength, and the fatigue resistance of the matrix. The aim of this work is to provide fatigue results for a beta titanium alloy over a range of temperatures and stresses that can be used as input for predicting fatigue life of a titanium matrix composite. Stress controlled tests having fatigue ratios between - 1 and -0.2 were conducted on a limited number of samples machined from unreinforced laminated Ti-15Mo-3Al-2.TNb-0.2Si (TLMETAL®21S) sheets to represent as closely as possible the in situ matrix material. Stress control was used to enable quantification of strain ratcheting for tensile mean stresses and a fast loading rate was used to minimize time-dependent (creep) deformation. Stress amplitude-life data at 20, 482 and 648 °C for fully reversed loading are well fit by a power law. Normalizing the stress amplitude with respect to the power law coefficient appears to account for the temperature dependence of the S-N curves. As the tests had large strains and lives were in the low-cycle fatigue range, strain range at the half-life was also correlated to life. For tensile mean stress cycling at 482 and 648 °C, the rate of strain ratcheting per cycle increased to failure; shakedown was not observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-955
Number of pages13
JournalFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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