Modeling Fatigue Crack Growth Resistance, dN/daby Keith Ortiz, Univ of Arizona, United States,
Chieh Julius Kung, Univ of Arizona, United States,
Horng-linn Perng, Univ of Arizona, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering
In the fracture mechanics approach to fatigue, da/dN is correlated with the cyclic range of the stress intensity factor, ΔK; the resulting relation, da/dN=f (ΔK), is commonly called the fatigue crack growth law (FCGL). Most probabilistic approaches are based on a randomization of the fatigue crack growth rate, da/dN. The authors' modeling approach is unique in treating the fatigue crack growth resistance, dN/da, as a nonstationary stochastic process evolving in space. The approach appears to be similar to models of da/dN, but is fundamentally different. The purpose of this paper is to briefly describe the approach, to present some recently obtained results, and to discuss their implications.
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