Published: Oct 1974
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At some point in time, the research worker in fatigue or the fatigue engineer will be confronted with the requirement to devise a fatigue test program in answer to a specific need or technical challenge. This need, or challenge, may be as simple as developing information about the fatigue behavior of material as influenced by composition, microstructure, processing factors, environmental influences, etc., well in advance of specific end use definition. It may involve the continued search to develop empirical fatigue rules (or theories) which can be utilized with confidence in the design process. It may also involve the evaluation of structural parts and full-scale assemblies under conditions that simulate the many combinations of varying and steady loads to which such structures may be subjected in service.