Probabilistic fatigue life predictions of structural components in high-cycle fatigue regimes
Lukens, Richard Walter
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A principal mode of failure of structural components in mechanical systems is fatigue. One method of predicting the probability of fatigue failure of a structural component is to determine the probability that the calculated cumulative fatigue damage index is greater than the critical damage index at failure. The cumulative fatigue damage index is represented as a random variable, and the critical damage index is represented by the statistical variance of existing experimental data. A FORTRAN computer code using this failure criteria is presented, which calculates the probability of failure for a structural component in the high- cycle fatigue regime under a random stress response environment, using both the Weibull and log-normal statistical distribution models. The Weibull model has been found to be the more conservative model in the low probability of failure region, which is consistent with failure predictions between the two models using the classical failure criteria of cyclic life.
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