Fatigue crack nucleation assisted by thermal activation

M. E. Fine*, V. Stolkarts, L. M. Keer

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Experimental evidence is presented that very early in the fatigue lifetime of Sn-Pb eutectic solder the fatigue damage is governed by microcrack nucleation. A model for thermally assisted fatigue crack initiation is presented using standard equations for nucleation in phase transformations. Predictions of the model are in good agreement with nucleation data for this solder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 15 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Activation
  • Crack
  • Fatigue
  • Nucleation
  • Solder
  • Thermal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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