Monte Carlo Simulation of Overstress Probe Testing for Fatigue Strength 2006-01-1335
The overstress probe fatigue testing method, although codified to characterize fatigue strength, is poorly understood. While it yields data confirming whether minimum fatigue strength may be met, it does not directly reveal the mean fatigue strength. Procedures for conducting the test are somewhat arbitrary and rely on fitting a 3-parameter Weibull model. In this paper, a Monte Carlo procedure is developed to simulate the overstress probe test. The effect of various parameters used in the test is also discussed. A comparison is made between Weibull and Gaussian models. Suggestions for conducting the overstress probe test are provided.