Raising the fatigue strength of a construction by local laser heating
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A method is proposed for raising the fatigue strength of a construction by inducing residual stresses by local heating with a high-power pulsed laser. Fatigue failure can be slowed or eliminated, as can the formation of fatigue defects, if a pattern of compressive residual stresses is produced in the most readily damaged zones. Experiments have been done on how laser heating affects the fatigue strengths of planar specimens and fatigue crack growth. Finite-element calculations have been used to examine the effects of the heating parameters on the residual stresses.
KeywordsFatigue Residual Stress Pulse Laser Fatigue Crack Fatigue Strength
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