Intermittent crack growth in fatigue

R. Kokkoniemi, A. Miksic*, M. Ovaska, L. Laurson, M. J. Alava

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Fatigue occurs under cyclic loading at stresses below a material's static strength limit. We consider fatigue crack growth as a stochastic process and perform crack growth experiments in a metal (copper). We follow optically cracks propagating from initial edge notches. The main interest is in the dynamics of the crack growth - the Paris' law and the initiation phase prior to that - and especially the intermittency this is discovered to display. How the sampling of the crack advancement, performed at regular intervals, influences such measurement results is analysed by the analogy of planar crack dynamics in slow, driven growth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number073401
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • avalanches
  • fracture
  • heterogeneous materials
  • stochastic processes

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