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Failure Analysis and Prevention

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William T. Becker
William T. Becker
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Roch J. Shipley
Roch J. Shipley
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ASM International
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-180-1
Publication date:
2002
Book Chapter

Fatigue-Life Assessment

By
Mitchell P. Kaplan
Mitchell P. Kaplan
EAD Aerospace, Inc.
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Timothy A. Wolff
Timothy A. Wolff
EAD Aerospace, Inc.
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Published:
2002
Page range:
276 - 288
Publication history
November 01, 2002

Abstract

This article discusses the fundamental variables involved in fatigue-life assessment, which describe the effects and interaction of material behavior, geometry, and stress history on the life of a component. It compares the safe-life approach with the damage-tolerance approach, which employs the stress-life method of fatigue life assessment. The article examines the behavior of three different metallic materials used in the design and manufacture of structural components: steel, aluminum, and titanium. It also reviews the effects of retardation and spectrum load on component life. The article concludes with case studies of fatigue life assessment from the aerospace industry.

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Mitchell P. Kaplan, Timothy A. Wolff, 2002. "Fatigue-Life Assessment", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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