Effect of material uncertainties on fatigue life calculations of aircraft fuselages: a cohesive element model

Phadeon-Stelios Koutsourelakis, K Kuntiyawichai, G I Schueller

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    Abstract

    The present paper deals with the effect of uncertainties on the prediction of fatigue failure of aerospace and mechanical components. Typically the design of such structures has been based on costly experiments or modified versions of Paris' law which are applicable to very restricted range of conditions. The present formulation employs cohesive zone elements in order to resolve the fractured zone in combination with an extrapolation scheme that makes the analysis over hundred of thousands of cycles computationally efficient. The effect of randomness in the cohesive strength is examined with respect to the total lifetime of the specimen. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1202-1219
    Number of pages18
    JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
    Volume73
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

    Keywords

    • fatigue
    • cohesive elements
    • uncertainties
    • reliability
    • CRACK-GROWTH
    • DISCONTINUOUS ENRICHMENT
    • MULTIPLE-SITE
    • ZONE MODEL
    • PROPAGATION
    • DAMAGE
    • SIMULATIONS
    • NUCLEATION
    • CONTINUUM

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