Quality Exponent Method for Planning and Interpretation of Results of Full-Scale, Low-Cycle Fatigue Tests 740218

A method is presented for safe-life calculations of aluminum structures subjected to low-cycle fatigue loading. The method is based upon the linear relation between log S and log N in the domain of low-cycle fatigue. Miner's Rule obtains the following new formulation:
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The use of the formulas involves a single parameter, q0, or an equivalent-quality exponent to be found by test. Other quantities in the formulas are the variables: nj-number of cycles, Smaxj-maximum stress of the loading cycle, Saj-alternating stress of the loading cycle, and a material constant, Ks, named virtual ultimate fatigue stress.
The selection of a safe-life quality exponent results in specifying safe-life coupled to a certain probability of survival at a certain confidence level.


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