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Creep and Fatigue

  1. Sep 25, 2008 #1
    What is the difference between dynamic creep and fatigue?
    How are they tested?
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  3. Sep 25, 2008 #2


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    Creep is permanent deformation over time; fatigue is crack propagation over time. Both occur due to applied loads and both can lead to failure. Creep is characterized by looking at the elongation of the sample; fatigue, by elongation of the crack.
  4. Sep 25, 2008 #3


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    In a nutshell...

    Creep is a constant stress situation that is below yield. It is extremely prevelant in higher temperature conditions. Creep is usually tested with a wire of a given size that has a constant load and the elongation is measured over time. Be careful not to mistake creep with stress relaxation.

    Fatigue is due to cyclic/alternating loading that can be at any stress level. The loading is repeated until the number of cycles imparted causes failure. This is expressed in S-N curves for particular materials. A material is usually said to have an infinite fatigue endunce limit if it can withstand 10^6 cycles at the particular alternating stress level.

    I'll have to look up the particular ASTM specs on each test.


  5. Sep 25, 2008 #4
    If we have to perform experiment on polymers with cyclic loading, then will it be categorised under fatigue and not creep?
  6. Sep 26, 2008 #5


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    That would be a fatigue type of test. It depends on your outcome and what you are measuring to be able to call it a fatigue test. Are you going to take the samples to failure?
  7. Sep 26, 2008 #6
    Thanks fred,
    We do not want to take it to failure. We are interested in change in dimension , if it occurs, say after 12-15 millions cyles.
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