Experimental Evaluation of the Cyclic Slip Irreversibility Factor
Cyclic slip irreversibility is one of the most important features of fatigue processes in ductile metals because it induces surface relief evolutions during cycling which are mainly responsible for crack initiation. The reversible and irreversible parts of the slip within persistent slip bands (PSBs) in polycrystalline nickel are measured directly after half-cycle deformation and one full cycle on specimen surfaces once more well-polished after 60% of fatigue life using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and different techniques of scanning electron microscopy as electron channelling contrast imaging and electron backscattered diffraction. Using AFM measures on the same slip steps after half-cycle and full cycle, the cyclic slip irreversibility factor is directly evaluated and discussed with respect to the literature.
A. Weidner et al., "Experimental Evaluation of the Cyclic Slip Irreversibility Factor", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 465, pp. 223-226, 2011