- Volume 16 Issue 8
A relatively simple prediction method is proposed for initially semicircular surface crack growth under axial loading. The method takes into account the difference in surface crack closure behavior at the depth point and at the surface intersection point, and also the relationship of crack closure for surface crack and through-thickness crack. The prediction method provides conservative estimation for fatigue life within factor of two, and the predicted crack geometry variations agree well with the observed results. As a result, the prediction method proposed here is considered to be useful for engineering application.