Reliability Assessment on Thickness Effect in Fatigue Crack Growth
The evaluation of specimen thickness effect of fatigue crack growth life by the simulation of probabilistic fatigue crack growth is presented. In this paper, the material resistance to fatigue crack growth is treated as a spatial stochastic process, which varies randomly on the crack surface. Using the previous experimental data, the non-Gaussian (eventually Weibull, in this report) random fields simulation method is applied. This method is useful to estimate the probability distribution of fatigue crack growth life and the variability due to specimen thickness by simulating material resistance to fatigue crack growth along a crack path.
Young-Jin Kim, Dong-Ho Bae and Yun-Jae Kim
S. J. Kim et al., "Reliability Assessment on Thickness Effect in Fatigue Crack Growth ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 297-300, pp. 1913-1918, 2005