Effect of Humidity on Fatigue Strength of Age-Hardened Al Alloy under Rotating Bending
In order to investigate the effect of humidity on fatigue strength of an extruded and age-hardened Al alloy 7075-T6, rotating bending fatigue tests were carried out using plain specimens in environments of controlled relative humidity of 25%, 50%, 75% and 85% and distilled water. The cross section of the alloy has a marked texture of (111) plane. Although fatigue strength was decreased by high humidity, the decrease by high humidity was very small when the humidity was lower than about 60% -70% and fatigue strength was largely decreased over the humidity. Both of initiation and propagation of a crack were accelerated by high humidity. In high humidity, a crack propagated in a shear mode macroscopically and it was ductile in company with many glide planes and voids microscopically. That is, the propagation was not a tensile mode with brittle facets even in water. The shear mode propagation inclined about 35° to the extruded direction and fracture surface was (100) plane, meaning that the shear mode propagation of a crack was mainly caused by the marked texture of the alloy. The propagation mode of a crack was affected by not only environment but also stress level.
A. Saimoto and M.H. Aliabadi
N. Kawagoishi et al., "Effect of Humidity on Fatigue Strength of Age-Hardened Al Alloy under Rotating Bending", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 452-453, pp. 745-748, 2011