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Effect of long-period stacking ordered structure on very high cycle fatigue properties of Mg-Gd-Y-Zn-Zr alloys

Available online 12 October 2023

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Xiangyu WANG, Chao HE, Xue Li, Lang LI, Yongjie LIU, Qingyuan WANG


Magnesium alloys with a long-period stacking ordered (LPSO) structure usually possess excellent static strength, but their fatigue behaviors are poorly understood. This work presents the effect of the LPSO structure on the crack behaviors of Mg alloys in a very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) regime. The LPSO lamellas lead to a facet-like cracking process along the basal planes at the crack initiation site and strongly prohibit the early crack propagation by deflecting the growth direction. The stress intensity factor at the periphery of the faceted area is much higher than the conventional LPSO-free Mg alloys, contributing higher fatigue crack propagation threshold of LPSO-containing Mg alloys. Microstructure observation at the facets reveals a layer of ultrafine grains at the fracture surface due to the cyclic contact of the crack surface, which supports the numerous cyclic pressing model describing the VHCF crack initiation behavior.


Fatigue crack initiation; Long-period stacking ordered structure; Mg alloys; Ultrafine grains; Very high cycle fatigue

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