This paper studies the stochastic behavior of fatigue crack growth analytically and empirically by employing basic models in fracture mechanics. The research estimates the crack growth rate probabilistically, quantifies the uncertainty of probabilistic models under fatigue loading in automotive parts, and applies the simulations on W319 aluminum alloy, which has vast applications in automotive components’ products. Walker and Forman correlations are used in the paper. The deterministic simulations of these models are verified with afgrow code and validated experimentally with fatigue data of W319 aluminum. Then, the models are treated probabilistically by considering the models’ parameters stochastic. Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is employed to investigate the models under stochastic conditions. The paper is quantifies the propagation of uncertainty with calculating the standard deviations of crack lengths via cycles. The proposed procedure is useful for selecting a proper probabilistic fatigue crack growth model in specific applications and can be used in future fatigue studies not only in the automotive industry but also in other critical fields, to obtain more reliable conclusions.
Fatigue Life Prediction Based on Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics: Case Study of Automotive Parts
Manuscript received February 18, 2015; final manuscript received June 10, 2015; published online November 20, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Chimba Mkandawire.
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Yazdanipour, M., Pourgol-Mohammad, M., Choupani, N., and Yazdani, M. (November 20, 2015). "Fatigue Life Prediction Based on Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics: Case Study of Automotive Parts." ASME. ASME J. Risk Uncertainty Part B. March 2016; 2(1): 011002. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4030946
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