SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1981

Fitting Models to Composite Materials Fatigue Data


A new procedure for fitting fatigue models (consisting of a deterministic equation defining the shape of the S-N curve and a probabilistic description of the data scatter) is presented. The procedure consists of (1) transforming the fatigue data into equivalent static strength data by using the deterministic equation in the fatigue model with unknown parameters, (2) obtaining the maximum-likelihood estimates for the parameters of the (two-parameter Weibull) distribution describing the equivalent static strength data, and (3) repeating Steps 1 and 2 until the largest maximum-likelihood estimate of the shape parameter is obtained. The procedure can handle runouts and tab failures through progressive censoring. Finally, the procedure is well defined when small fatigue data samples are available.

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Sendeckyj, GP
Structures and Dynamics Division, Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
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Developed by Committee: D30
Pages: 245–260
DOI: 10.1520/STP29314S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4800-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0700-7