There do not appear to be any recent books on metal fatigue which are presented in a format that appeals to engineers, and which can be recommended to newcomers to the topic. This book aims to present the important ideas in metal fatigue in as straightforward a manner as possible for the benefit of readers who need to be able understand more advanced documents on a wide range of metal fatigue topics. Indications on how metal fatigue problems are solved in engineering practice are included. The prerequisite knowledge required for readers is a basic understanding of stress analysis and mathematics covered in engineering undergraduate courses. No prior knowledge of metal fatigue is assumed.
The book has several objectives. Firstly, to explain the terminology used in metal fatigue. Secondly, to provide a brief description of the mechanisms of metal fatigue. Thirdly, to describe the basis of design against the fatigue failure of components and structures. Fourthly, to provide examples illustrating various points made. Finally, the overall objective is to provide a firm foundation for readers who wish to study various aspects of metal fatigue in more detail, including finding solutions to specific fatigue problems.
Chapter 1: Introduction;
Chapter 2: Historical Background: 2.1 Introduction, 2.2 Experimental Work, 2.3 The Modem Era;
Chapter 3: Constant Amplitude Fatigue: 3.1 Notation, 3.2 S/N (Wöhler) Curves, 3.3 Scatter in Fatigue Data, 3.4 Mechanisms of Metal Fatigue;
Chapter 4: Variable Amplitude and Multiaxial Fatigue: 4.1 Introduction, 4.2 Mathematical Description of Fatigue Loadings; 4.3 Miner's Rule, 4.4 Standard Load Histories, 4.5 Multiaxial Fatigue in Metals;
Chapter 5: Fatigue Design: 5.1 Introduction, 5.2 Failure Analysis, 5.3 Situations, Philosophies and Approaches, 5.4 Product Liability; 5.5 Safety Regulations;
Chapter 6: The Uncracked Situation: 6.1 Introduction, 6.2 Effect of Surface Finish; 6.3 Effect of Mean Stress, 6.4 Effect of Multiaxial Fatigue Loading, 6.5 Effect of Notches, 6.6 Bicycle Crankshaft Analysis; 6.7 Scatter under Variable Amplitude Fatigue Loading; 6.8 Improvement of Fatigue Life;
Chapter 7: The Cracked Situation: 7.1 Introduction, 7.2 Initial Crack Size; 7.3 Final Crack Size; 7.4 Constant Amplitude Fatigue Crack Propagation, 7.5 Variable Amplitude Fatigue Crack Propagation, 7.6 Fractography;
Chapter 8: Fatigue Crack Paths: 8.1 Introduction, 8.2 Crack Paths in Two Dimensions, 8.3 Planar Crack Paths, 8.4 Crack Paths in Three Dimensions;Chapter 9: Why Metal Fatigue Matters: 9.1 Introduction; 9.2 Avoidance of Fatigue Failure; 9.3 Research and Development; 9.4 The Role of Non Destructive Testing; 9.5. Current Trends;
Appendix A: Fracture Mechanics;
Appendix B: Random Load Theory and RMS;
Appendix C: Non Destructive Testing;
From the reviews:
"Pook ... has been active in the field of fatigue of metals for 50 years. His aim in writing this book was to present the subject in a format that would appeal to engineers as well as to newcomers to the topic, and in this he has succeeded. The text is ... well illustrated. ... The book should be a valued edition to the bookshelves of engineers concerned with designing against fatigue failure. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students." (A. J. McEvily Jr., CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)
"This book is devoted to engineering viewpoint on the problems of metal fatigue. The book is divided into nine chapters and three appendices. ... In total, this book may be useful as initial course for engineering students whose professional interests will be connected with fatigue loading and fracture problems." (I. A. Parinov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1138 (16), 2008)
"This book was written to appeal to engineers new to the field of metal fatigue. ... The author aims to present the basic concepts in as straightforward a manner as possible so that readers will be able to understand more advanced documents on a range of related topics, and this has largely been fulfilled." (Zhanli Guo, Materials World, April, 2008)
This book presents important concepts in metal fatigue in a straightforward manner, for the benefit of readers who must understand more advanced documents on a wide range of metal fatigue topics. The text shows how metal fatigue problems are solved in engineering practice. The book assumes no prior knowledge of metal fatigue, requiring only a basic understanding of stress analysis and mathematics covered in engineering undergraduate courses.
No prior knowledge of metal fatigue is assumed
Based on 50 years of experience
Includes regulatory as well as technical aspects
Written so as not to date quickly
3 appendices give background information on related topics