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This article discusses two major approaches in estimating fatigue life from the viewpoint of their use as engineering methods. These include the stress-based (S-N curve) approach and strain-based approach. The stress-based and strain-based approaches are compared, with some comments on their manner of use and limitations. The use of the Palmgren-Miner rule for life prediction for variable amplitude loading is also discussed.

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Norman E. Dowling, 1996. "Estimating Fatigue Life", Fatigue and Fracture

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