Application of Verity Method to Predict Bushing Fatigue Life and Load Limit
Durability performance is one of the most important aspects of exhaust system design. Great effort has been expended to develop the ability to accurately and quickly predict the durability of the system in the early development stages. Welded joints in an exhaust system are the most prone to failure; however, the fatigue life of a welded joint is usually much more difficult to predict than that of a base material. The difficulty of predicting the fatigue life of a welded structure lies primarily in the variability associated with the elements of a weldment, including differing material and gap requirements, notch generation, residual stresses, and imprecise application, among others. The experts at the Battelle Center for Welded Structures Research have developed an approach to predict the fatigue life of a welded structure known as the Verity method.