X-ray fractography is a new method utilizing the X-ray diffraction technique to observe the fracture surface for the analysis of the micro-mechanisms and mechanics of fracture.
In the present paper, X-ray fractography is applied to fracture surfaces of high strength aluminum alloy (JIS 7075-T6). The fracture toughness tests were conducted by using compact tension (CT) specimens with blunt notches and fatigue pre-cracks. The distribution of the residual stress near fracture surfaces was measured by the X-ray diffraction method. The effect of the notch radius on the fracture toughness value was discussed.