The ?rst major book in English on metal fatigue was Fatigue of Metals (Gough 1926). Since then numerous books have been published which are primarily on this important topic. These range from general surveys, for example Suresh (1998) to books on speci?c aspects of metal fatigue, for example Radaj and Sonsino (1999) on assessment of welded joints, and Murakami (2002) on theeffects of small defects. Books on the related topic of fracture mechanics, for example Broek (1988), usually include extensive treatment of fatigue crack propagation. There are many other books where metal fatigue is a major theme. These range from undergraduate texts, for example Dowling(1993), toa10volume compilation onstructural integrity editedbyMilneetal. (2003). Theredonotappeartobeanyrecentbooks on metal fatigue which are presented in a format that appeals to engineers, and whichcanberecommendedtonewcomerstothetopic. Metalfatiguehasbothmetallurgical andengineering aspects, andalsoits ownspecialisedjargonwhichnewcomersoften?ndconfusing. Inthelastfew decades treatment of most aspects of metal fatigue has become much more mathematical,withextensiveuseofcomputers. Thisbookaimstopresentthe important ideas in metal fatigue in as straightforward a manner as possible forthebene?tofreaderswhoneedtobeableunderstandmoreadvancedd- uments on a wide range of metal fatigue topics. Indications on how metal fatigue problems are solved in engineering practice are included. It is based on50yearsexperienceofmetalfatigue,andon15yearsexperienceofint- ducingengineering undergraduates toitsbasicideas. Theprerequisite knowledge required forreaders isabasicunderstanding of stress analysis and mathematics covered in engineering undergraduate courses. No prior knowledge of metal fatigue is assumed.
No prior knowledge of metal fatigue is assumedBased on 50 years of experienceIncludes regulatory as well as technical aspectsWritten so as not to date quickly3 appendices give background information on related topics