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    Fatigue Life Assessment of Ground Vehicle Components

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    Fatigue has been a major problem in ground vehicle components for more than 130 years. This paper considers why our increasing knowledge of fatigue has now significantly reduced its importance. A historical review of past work in a wide range of vehicle components is presented. The different aspects of durability assessment—namely, service load measurement, materials testing, stress analysis, and component testing—are concentrated on in turn. The work is brought up to the present by use of examples of how modern methods of fatigue analysis are being applied to contemporary problems.


    fatigue, ground vehicle components, historical review, life prediction methods, cycle counting, component testing, load measurement, materials testing, stress analysis

    Author Information:

    Watson, P
    GKN Technology Ltd., Wolverhampton,

    Hill, SJ
    GKN Technology Ltd., Wolverhampton,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP28852S