Effect of alternately high and low repeated stresses upon the fatigue strength of 25S-T aluminum alloy

Stickley, G W (Aluminum Company of America)

Fatigue tests were made on one lot of 3/4 inch diameter rolled-and-drawn 25S-T aluminum-alloy rod normal in composition and tensile properties. The specimens were tested at 3500 cycles per second in a rotating-beam fatigue test machine. Tests were made for three ratios (20:1, 50:1, and 200:1) of the number of cycles applied at low stress to the number applied at high stress. In general, failure occurred when the number of cycles at either the low or the high stress approached the ordinary fatigue curve for the material, regardless of the sequence in which the stresses were applied.

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