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Reliability Analysis of an Automotive Wheel Assembly

The incorporation of reliability theory into a fatigue analysis algorithm is studied. This probabilistic approach gives designers the ability to quantify “real world” variations existing in the material properties, geometry, and loading of engineering components. Such information would serve to enhance the speed and accuracy of current design techniques. An automobile wheel assembly is then introduced as an example of the applications of this durability/reliability design package.
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Random Fatigue Load History Reconstruction

A concise method for modeling nonstationary fatigue loading histories is presented. The mininum number of model parameters is achieved by fitting the variations in mean and variance by a truncated Fourier series. An autoregressive moving average (ARMA) model is used to describe the stationary component. Justification of the method is made by comparing fatigue relevant parameters obtained when subjected to the original and reconstructed histories. In spite of a relatively small number of parameters required, the model is shown to give good results that fall within the bounds predicted by the orginal history.