The “Size-effect” on the Fatigue and Fracture Properties of Thin Metallic Foils

  1. Dr. K. Grassie2,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff3,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner4,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt5 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka6
  1. A. Hadrboletz,
  2. G. Khatibi and
  3. B. Weiss

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch72

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Hadrboletz, A., Khatibi, G. and Weiss, B. (2000) The “Size-effect” on the Fatigue and Fracture Properties of Thin Metallic Foils, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch72

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 3

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 4

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 5

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 6

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. Institute of Materials Physics, University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • thin metallic foils;
  • fatigue and fracture properties


Almost no information on fatigue crack growth behavior of free-standing thin foils is available. Therefore, the objective of the present investigation was to develop a suitable testing method to investigate the crack growth behavior of thin metallic foils with thicknesses ranging from a few microns up to 200µm. Fatigue tests have been accompanied by the observation of dislocation structures due to plastic deformation in the vicinity of the crack. The size of the plastic zone in relation to the geometric dimensions have been studied for explanation of the fracture behavior. The applicability of the commonly used LEFM-based parameters is critically evaluated.