Efficient methods for time-dependent fatigue reliability analysis

Yongming Liu, Sankaran Mahadevan

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Two efficient methods for time-dependent fatigue reliability analysis are proposed in this paper based on a random process representation of material fatigue properties and a nonlinear damage accumulation rule. The first method is developed by matching the first two central moments of the accumulated damage to a well-known probability distribution, thus facilitating a direct analytical solution of the time-dependent fatigue reliability. The second method uses the first-order reliability method to calculate the reliability index based on a time-dependent limit state function. These two methods represent different tradeoffs between accuracy and computational efficiency. The proposed methods include the covariance structure of the stochastic damage accumulation process under variable amplitude loading. A wide range of fatigue data available in the literature is used to validate the proposed methods, covering several different types of metallic and composite materials under different variable amplitude loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-504
Number of pages11
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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