Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 803–809 | Cite as

Fatigue Failure Analysis Case Studies

  • Mehrooz Zamanzadeh
  • Edward Larkin
  • Reza Mirshams
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


Fatigue fracture can occur in many components such as fasteners and tubular pole structures. In this paper, fatigue failure mechanisms have been described and the application of the principles for failure analysis for each case will be presented. Cyclic loading at stresses above the fatigue limit of the material can initiate cracks at the surface or at internal defects. Macroscopic and microscopic observations of fatigue crack initiation and approaches for characterization of fatigue failures have been described. Two case studies present application of laboratory analysis techniques to determine primary causes and modes of failures.


Fatigue cracking Fatigue failure Metallurgical investigation Fracture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mehrooz Zamanzadeh
    • 1
  • Edward Larkin
    • 1
  • Reza Mirshams
    • 2
  1. 1.ExovaPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Engineering TechnologyUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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