Modified Locati Method in Fatigue Testing 2003-01-0919
Locati method is suitable in preliminary fatigue tests and production quality control. It is efficient since it uses just one test sample. The method requires that the slope of the S-N curve be known a priori, however. In this paper, a modified Locati method is presented that virtually eliminated this requirement. The method produces a point on the S-N plane that is independent of the slope of the S-N curve. The test design strategy to control the fatigue life of such a point is provided. The presented method has been successfully applied to preliminary fatigue tests of several welded components of ground vehicles.