Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 2235–2245 | Cite as

Low-Cycle fatigue of dispersion-strengthened copper

  • J. Robles
  • K. R. Anderson
  • J. R. Groza
  • J. C. Gibeling
Mechanical Behavior


The cyclic deformation behavior of a dispersion-strengthened copper alloy, GlidCop Al-15, has been studied at plastic strain amplitudes in the range 0.1 pct ≤Δεp/2 ≤ 0.8 pct. Compared to pure polycrystalline copper, the dispersion-strengthened material exhibits a relatively stable cyclic response as a consequence of the dislocation substructures inherited from prior processing and stabilized by the A12O3 particles. These dislocation structures remain largely unaltered during the course of deformation; hence, they do not reveal any of the features classically associated with copper tested in fatigue. At low amplitudes, the fatigue lifetimes of the dispersion-strengthened copper and the base alloy are similar; however, the former is more susceptible to cracking at stress concentrations because of its substantially greater strength. This similarity in fatigue lifetimes is a consequence of the dispersal of both deformation and damage accumulation by the fine grain size and dislocation/particle interactions in the GlidCop alloy. The operation of these mechanisms is reflected in the fine surface slip markings and rough fracture surface features for this material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Robles
    • 1
  • K. R. Anderson
    • 2
  • J. R. Groza
    • 2
  • J. C. Gibeling
    • 2
  1. 1.Clorox CompanyPleasanton94556
  2. 2.Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaDavis

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