One binary Zn-40Al and three Zn-40Al-based ternary alloys containing 1%, 3%, and 5% Cu were produced by permanent mold casting. Their fatigue behavior was investigated in 3.5% NaCl and 1% HCl solutions by a rotary bending fatigue test machine at a frequency of 33.3 Hz. The stress amplitude versus number of cycles to failure (S-N) curves of the alloys was plotted for both environments. Corrosion degradation factors of the alloys were determined. The corrosion environments reduced the fatigue strength and fatigue life of the alloys considerably. However, acid solution was found to be more detrimental for these alloys than the salt water. In addition, copper content was found to be less effective on the fatigue strength and fatigue life of the alloys in both salt water and acid solution than it was in air. Corrosion degradation factor of the alloys increased with increasing copper content up to approximately 3%, above which it decreased as the copper content increased. It was also shown that the fatigue data obtained from the monotectoid-based Zn-Al-Cu alloys in the corrosive environments obey the Basquin's law. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.