An experimental and analytical study of fatigue crack shape control by cold working

F. P. Brennan, S. S. Ngiam, C. W. Lee

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This paper presents an experimental and analytical study of crack shape evolution in steel specimens under cyclic loading. It is widely known that the introduction of compressive residual stresses by cold working the surface can be highly beneficial in improving the fatigue performance of structural components. Although it is recognised that relaxation of surface compressive residual stress can reduce the potential benefits, the effects of residual stress on crack shape evolution are often overlooked. A recently developed technique termed controlled stitch cold working, which applies differing intensities of compressive residual stress at specific regions in a structure, is shown in the paper to considerably influence fatigue crack propagation by containing crack propagation in one primary direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-363
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • cold rolling
  • crack shape control
  • fatigue
  • residual stress
  • RMS stress intensity factors
  • surface crack


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