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Deliverable abstract:

This report summarizes the work done by Brescia University (Prof. A. Mazzu) and INSA Lyon (Prof. J-Y Buffiere and Dr C. Xiao) within the project IDERPLANE to characterize in 3D the formation of sub surface cracks during rolling contact fatigue tests performed using a bi-disk test configuration. To foster crack initiation, two cylindrical artificial defects with various depth and diameters were machined on the rolling track. Two materials conditions (heat treated and untreated) and various normal pressure P were investigated. The tests were stopped when a spall on the rolling track was detected or when a given number of cycles was reached (10^6 or 10^7 ). Thin slabs containing the surface of the disk close to the defects were cut from the disks and characterized using X-Ray tomography. Two types of X-ray sources were used: laboratory source, synchrotron source. The crack size was measured for each specimen at the bottom of the hole along two orthogonal directions. The 3D reconstructed images are available at


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