Estimating the parameters of fatigue curve of a composite material
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By using the method of maximum likelihood, the parameters of two versions of a mathematical model for fatigue damage accumulation in a laminate are estimated. The models, which are founded on the Markov chain theory, are very simple: they do not take into account the specific structural features of a composite and therefore cannot provide numerical coincidence with experimental fatigue test data, but they can be used for a nonlinear regression analysis of fatigue curves. A simple method is offered for approximately estimating model parameters, some of which characterize the distribution of the local static strength. By using such models, we can predict the relative changes in fatigue curves from known relative variations in the parameters of static strength and also predict the distribution function of fatigue life in program fatigue tests.
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