Fatigue Testing and Analysis

1st Edition

Theory and Practice

Print ISBN: 9781493302987
eBook ISBN: 9780080477695
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 29th July 2004
Page Count: 416
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Fatigue Testing and Analysis: Theory and Practice presents the latest, proven techniques for fatigue data acquisition, data analysis, and test planning and practice. More specifically, it covers the most comprehensive methods to capture the component load, to characterize the scatter of product fatigue resistance and loading, to perform the fatigue damage assessment of a product, and to develop an accelerated life test plan for reliability target demonstration. This book is most useful for test and design engineers in the ground vehicle industry.

Fatigue Testing and Analysis introduces the methods to account for variability of loads and statistical fatigue properties that are useful for further probabilistic fatigue analysis. The text incorporates and demonstrates approaches that account for randomness of loading and materials, and covers the applications and demonstrations of both linear and double-linear damage rules. The reader will benefit from summaries of load transducer designs and data acquisition techniques, applications of both linear and non-linear damage rules and methods, and techniques to determine the statistical fatigue properties for the nominal stress-life and the local strain-life methods.

Key Features

  • Covers the useful techniques for component load measurement and data acquisition, fatigue properties determination, fatigue analysis, and accelerated life test criteria development, and, most importantly, test plans for reliability demonstrations
  • Written from a practical point of view, based on the authors' industrial and academic experience in automotive engineering design
  • Extensive practical examples are used to illustrate the main concepts in all chapters


Graduate students, and practicing mechanical engineers, and automotive engineers

Table of Contents

Transducers and data acquisitions; Fatigue damage theories; Cycle counting techniques; Stress-based fatigue analysis and design; Strain-based fatigue analysis and design; Fracture mechanics and fatigue crack propagation; Fatigue of spot welds; Development of accelerated life test criteria; Reliability demonstration testing; Fatigue analysis in the frequency domain


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"If you have only one book on fatigue, this should be the one. This book is an excellent blend of the
underlying science of fatigue and the application of this knowledge to the art of fatigue design and analysis. It will be useful to both testing and design engineers...This book is an excellent beginning for practicing engineers who wish to gain a better understanding of the various techniques used for fatigue assessment of structures and components. At the same time experts will find it a useful reference for many of the newer methods and techniques." --International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping