Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Shamsaei, Nima

Committee Member

Roach, Michael D.

Committee Member

Stone, Tonya W.

Committee Member

Simsiriwong, Jutima

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


In this study, the effects of stress and strain rate on cyclic deformation, secondary hardening, martensitic phase transformation, crack initiation, and fatigue behavior of type 304L stainless steel are examined. A series of load and strain controlled uniaxial zero and non-zero mean strain fatigue tests were conducted with varying frequencies in order to investigate the effect of loading rate on fatigue behavior. The volume fraction of martensite was quantified for several tests using x-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction. The loading rates were found to have a direct effect on the microstructure and fatigue behavior of the alloy investigated. Adiabatic heating from an increased rate of loading was found to effect martensite formation which is a major contributor to the secondary hardening phenomena associated with many austenitic stainless steels under cyclic loading. Also affected by the microstructural changes were cyclic deformation, crack initiation, microstructurally small crack growth, and fatigue behavior.