Principles of Current Methodologies in High-Cycle Fatigue Design of Metallic Structures

  • P. Davoli
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 392)


The mechanisms of the fatigue failure of metals are outlined on the basis of the classical failure hypotheses of crack nucleation and propagation. The classical tools for fatigue design are illustrated: Wöhler diagram, high-cycle and low-cycle fatigue fields, Paris equation for fatigue crack growth rate. The usual fatigue design criteria and the approaches to fatigue analysis are described: infinite life, safe-life, damage-tolerant criteria and stress-life, strain life and linear elastic fracture mechanics approaches. Then the typical high-cycle fatigue design processes are analysed in detail: utilisation of the Wöhler diagram, mean stress effect, material data, notch and gradient effect, technological size effect, surface effect, multiaxial loading and variable amplitude loads. In conclusion a review of standards for fatigue design and a brief guide to fatigue bibliography (books, magazines, proceedings of conferences) are given.


Fatigue Life Fatigue Limit Fatigue Failure High Cycle Fatigue Fatigue Analysis 


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  • P. Davoli
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  1. 1.Polytechnic of MilanMilanItaly

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