SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2005

Comparison of the Rain Flow Algorithm and the Spectral Method for Fatigue Life Determination Under Uniaxial and Multiaxial Random Loading


This paper presents the strain energy density parameter used for fatigue life calculation under random loading by two methods. The first method is based on schematization of energy parameter histories with the rain flow algorithm. The other one is based on moments of the power spectral density function of the energy parameter. The experimental data of fatigue tests of 10HNAP steel under constant amplitude and random uniaxial loading with non-gaussion probability distribution, zero mean value, and wide-band frequency spectrum used for comparison of the rain flow algorithm and the spectral method gave satisfactory results. Next, histories of the random stress tensor with normal probability distribution, wide-band frequency, and zero mean values corresponding to biaxial tension-compression, combined tension with torsion and triaxial loading with various correlation coefficients were generated, and the lifetime was calculated. It has been observed that both methods of fatigue life determination give almost the same results.

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Łagoda, T
Technical University of Opole, Opole, Poland
Macha, E
Technical University of Opole, Opole, Poland
Niesłony, A
Technical University of Opole, Opole, Poland
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 544–556
DOI: 10.1520/STP11329S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5503-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3479-9