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Modelling curved S–N curves

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The fatigue limit distribution is estimated using fatigue data and under the assumption that the fatigue limit is random. The stress levels for the broken and unbroken specimens are used. For the broken specimen the number of cycles to failure is also used. By combining the finite life and fatigue limit distribution it is possible to get the probability of not surviving a certain life. This probability is used to estimate a curved S–N curve by using the method of likelihood. The whole S–N curve is estimated at the same time. These curves show the predictive life given a certain stress level. The life and the quantile of the fatigue limit distribution are also predicted by using profile predictive likelihood. In this way the scatter around the S–N curve as well as the uncertainty of the S–N curve are taken into account.

Keywords: fatigue limit; finite life; predictive profile likelihood; staircase test

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Mathematical Statistics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden 2: Sandvik Materials Technology, SE-811 81 Sandviken, Sweden

Publication date: 2005-05-01

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