The present work investigates the relationship between fatigue crack growth rate (da/dN) and stress intensity factor range (∆K) using machine learning models with the experimental fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) data of cryo-rolled Al 2014 alloy. Various machine learning techniques developed recently provide a flexible and adaptable approach to explain the complex mathematical relations especially, non-linear functions. In the present work, three machine algorithms such as extreme learning machine (ELM), back propagation neural networks (BPNN) and curve fitting model are implemented to analyse FCGR of Al alloys. After tuning of networks with varying hidden layers and number of neurons, the trained models found to fit well to the tested data. The three tested models are compared with each other over the training as well as testing phase. The mean square error for predicting the FCG of cryo-rolled Al 2014 alloy by BPNN, ELM and curve fitting methods are 1.89, 1.84 and 0.09 respectively. While the ELM models outperform the rest of models in terms of training time, curve fitting model showed best performance in terms of accuracy over testing data with least mean square error (MSE). In terms of local optimisation, back propagation neural networks excel the other two models. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.