Fatigue of Structures and Materials
Learning Objective:To develop methods for characterizing fatigue resistance of materials and predicting cyclic lives of structural components; discuss approaches for preventing fatigue failures through materials selection, fatigue resistant design, and "fleet management" concepts. Both crack initiation (stress and strain based) and crack propagation (fracture mechanics) approaches are developed and compared. While general class concepts compare to a variety of structures, emphasis throughout is on aerospace applications.
Development and application of methods for predicting the fatigue life of structural components. Characterization and response of materials to cyclic loading. Fatigue resistant design of structures. Both fatigue crack initiation and crack propagation concepts are discussed.
Topics Covered:Characteristics of fatigue failure mode; Examples of service failures. Fatigue Crack Formation. Fatigue Crack Growth. Misc Fatigue Topics/Applications.
Prerequisites:Prior course in strength of materials.
Applied / Theory:50 / 50
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Homework:Approximately ten homework assignments.
Exams:Two one-hour exams and one two-hour comprehensive final exam.
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Required: Metal Fatigue in Engineering, Ali Fatemi, Wiley-interscience, 9780471510598