An Efficient Asymptotic Approach for Assessing Fatigue Reliability

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J. Tang

Center for Computer-Aided Design, College of Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 121(2), 220-224 (May 01, 1999) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2883690 History: Received October 29, 1996; Revised December 04, 1998; Online February 11, 2008


By applying the cumulative fatigue damage to the random process reliability problem, and the introduction of a proposed concept of unified equivalent stress mean level in fatigue life prediction, a technical reliability model for the random process problem under fatigue failure is proposed. The technical model emphasizes efficiency in the design choice and focuses on the accuracy of the results. Based on this model, an asymptotic method for fatigue reliability under random process loading is developed. The proposed method uses the recursive iteration algorithm to achieve results which include reliability and its corresponding mission life. The method reconciles the requirement of accuracy and efficiency for the random process reliability problems under fatigue failure. The accuracy and analytical and numerical efforts required are compared. Through numerical example, the advantage of the proposed method is demonstrated.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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