Browse Publications Technical Papers 2011-01-0785
2011-04-12

Equilibrium Mechanism Based Linear Curve Fitting Method and Its Application 2011-01-0785

The equilibrium mechanism, which can be considered as the basis of least squares method for linear curve fitting, is investigated in this paper. Both conventional methods, such as vertical offsets method, and total least squares methods, such as perpendicular offsets method, are examined. It is found that both methods have the equilibrium bases. However, the conventional methods may give inaccurate prediction if using vertical offsets method to fit data with variation in horizontal direction or using horizontal offsets method to fit data with variation in vertical direction while the perpendicular method can give best fit solution to data with variation in both vertical and horizontal directions. The application of these methods is also presented in fatigue S-N curve data analysis and two-parameter Weibull distribution in exhaust component fatigue life prediction. Finally, the perpendicular offsets method is recommended in durability analysis for data with variation in both vertical and horizontal directions due to its simplicity and a sound equilibrium basis.

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