Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 1131–1136 | Cite as

Application of scanning tunnelling microscopy to fatigue and fracture

  • J. Lankford
  • M. Longmire
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Abstract

The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) is applied to the characterization of fine-scale details associated with the fatigue fracture surface of a steel alloy, and with fibre-coating microfracture in a fibre-reinforced metal matrix composite. Results are compared with those obtained by conventional scanning electron microscopy, and discussed in terms of implications for exploiting the STM in the study of deformation and fracture.

Keywords

Polymer Microscopy Electron Microscopy Scanning Electron Microscopy Fatigue 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Lankford
    • 1
  • M. Longmire
    • 2
  1. 1.Southwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Digital Instruments Inc.Santa BarbaraUSA

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