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A case study describes a fatigue damage analysis of a light truck frame. The objective of the analysis is to determine whether an existing frame design can safely accept a 10% increase in load. The analysis, completed in less than a month, incorporates an experimental stress-strain analysis, proving ground test data, and experimentally determined properties of the frame material. Three common methods of damage analysis and a relatively new procedure are compared and the advantages of the new method are demonstrated.
Research and teaching assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
Applications engineer, Automated Systems Dept., MTS Systems Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn
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