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Definition:  The effect on metal of repeated cycles of stress. The insidious feature of fatigue failure is that there is no obvious warning, a crack forms without appreciable deformation of structure making it difficult to detect the presence of growing cracks. Fractures usually start from small nicks or scratches or fillets which cause a localised concentration of stress. Failure can be influenced by a number of factors including size, shape and design of the component, condition of the surface or operating environment.

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