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Trends In Assuring The Mechanical Durability Of Automotive Structures

Significant progress in materials and structures research leading to improved analytical and experimental capabilities for evaluating the mechanical durability of automotive structures is reviewed. Recent experiences in incorporating modern fatigue analysis methodology in easily used computer-based formats are then presented. This is followed by a general discussion of the application of design aids at various points in the product development cycle with emphasis on future trends and needs.
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Durability by Design - An Overview

An overview of the current status and emerging trends in durability-related technologies is presented as an introduction to a series of papers covering applications of durability analysis in design. Problems of information management associated with technology integration are discussed along with the probable impact of new design tools on product development and validation.
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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.