Assessing Dirlik's Fatigue Damage Estimation Method for Automotive Applications 2012-01-0757
Fatigue analysis in the time domain using the rainflow cycle counting algorithm is considered the most accurate method for estimating damage. Dirlik's method has been found to be very accurate for damage estimation in the frequency domain. Previous studies have demonstrated the usefulness of Dirlik's method for ocean engineering and wind turbines but few have shown how well Dirlik performs in automotive applications. This study compares Dirlik's method with the rainflow cycle counting and with other frequency domain methods. The study analyzes measured data for an automotive component subjected to five test track load conditions. In addition, fourteen of Dirlik's original spectra and seven additional spectra which combine sine and random spectra are studied. It was found that Dirlik's method predicts more damage than the rainflow cycle counting method when applied to the original data used in creating the method. At the same time Dirlik's method underestimates damage for the automotive component by up to 30%. Still, when compared against other frequency domain methods, the Dirlik method is found to be the most accurate when compared to the rainflow cycle counting algorithm.