A fracture mechanics model is proposed to describe fatigue crack propagation in notched specimens. This model accounts for residual stresses which are present at the notch root after unloading from maximum compressive load. This is of particular interest for specimens subjected to compressive mean load. According to the model, cracks will stop growing at the boundary of the plastically deformed zone if the specimen is subjected to compressive load only. Validity of the model was verified with notched specimens of mild steel.

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