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Corrosion Fatigue and Stress Corrosion Cracking of AZ91E-T6 Cast Magnesium Alloy in 3.5% NaCl Solution

The objective of this research was to obtain and compare fracture toughness, stress corrosion cracking and constant and variable amplitude fatigue behavior of AZ91E-T6 cast magnesium alloy in both an air and 3.5% NaC1 corrosive environment. An additional objective was to determine if commonly used models that describe fatigue behavior and fatigue life are applicable to this material and test environments. Fatigue tests included constant amplitude strain-controlled low cycle fatigue with strain ratio, R, equal to 0,−1 and −2, Region II constant amplitude fatigue crack growth with load ratio, R, equal to 0.05 and 0.5 and variable amplitude fatigue tests using keyhole notched specimens. In all fatigue tests, the corrosion environment was significantly detrimental relative to the air environment. The material was also susceptible to stress corrosion cracking. Low cycle fatigue models and the Paris equation properly represented the fatigue data in both environments.