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About 15 years ago, ASTM Committee E-9 on Fatigue prepared a Manual on Fatigue Testing. That Manual attempted to standardize the symbols and nomenclature used in fatigue testing, described the principal types of testing machines then in use, presented detailed instructions for the preparation of test specimens, outlined test procedures and techniques, and gave some suggestions for the presentation and interpretation of fatigue data. Since the Manual was first prepared, a number of new techniques have been developed for evaluating the fatigue properties of materials. Furthermore, the application of statistical methods to the analysis of the test results of samples offers a means for estimating the characteristics of the population from which the samples were taken. To take cognizance of these developments, this guide has been prepared.