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Fatigue Testing

Fatigue Testing

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An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by James Gargan. Originally submitted for B.Eng in Mechanical Engingeering Ord at Dundalk Institute of Technology, with lecturer Joeseph Byrne in the category of Engineering & Mechanical Sciences
An essay for the 2012 Undergraduate Awards Competition by James Gargan. Originally submitted for B.Eng in Mechanical Engingeering Ord at Dundalk Institute of Technology, with lecturer Joeseph Byrne in the category of Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

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10/27/2013

 
Dundalk Institute of Technology- Fatigue Test
 Dundalk Institute of TechnologyFaculty Of EngineeringMechanical Engineering Department
FATIGUE TEST 
 ,
Importance and application
Submitted to:
Joe Byrne
Mechanical Engineering DepartmentFaculty of Engineering, Dundalk Institute of TechnologyPrepared by:
 James Gargan
29 February 2012
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 The following report details an experiment conducted by final yearmechanical engineering students, at Dundalk institute of technology. This report gives emphasis on a fatigue test conducted during classhours at the institute. Fatigue is one of the fundamental componentsof mechanical failure that is due to due to cyclic loading onmechanical parts or components, this can be clearly seen in many reallife examples, such as in the manoeuvrability of aircraft during flight,as air resistance and wind changes in hit the wings of the aircraftsending repetitive forces causing stress to the aircrafts wing. It istherefore an important consideration in the design of suchcomponents not only in such a large scale but also in smaller scalecomponent applications. The report outlines all the factors thatcontribute and influence the mechanical phenomenon that is fatigueand include a host of other associated engineering terminology. Thisreport is mostly of an analytical nature and shows tables and graphsconstructed during the course of the experiment. The fatigue testconducted was that of a typical traditional fatigue test, where thespecimen chosen is of a specific size diameter specification, as well asmaterial type and notch size. The results for this experiment werealready given to us during the following experiment. This is due tophenomenon that is fatigue; fatigue will only occur over repetitiveforces on the specimen, which typically takes, a considerable time isnot instant. Therefore is not possible to be present for in this case themaximum approximate number of repetitive cycle that it took forfatigue to occur in the specimen, which was 3,000,000 cycles. There isalso a discussion and conclusion section that links in theunderstanding of the results, with other factors found during thecourse of the experiment that would influence fatigue in thespecimen. Since the number of cycles influence the fatigue life of amaterial, it is assumed that no matter what the material the larger theforce applied to the component the less amount of cycles it will takefor that component to fail by fatigue, likewise if a smaller force isapplied to the component the number of cycles needed until thematerial fails due to fatigue should substantially increase. This wasthe case during the course of this experiment over various forces. Allof which can be easily seen in the S-N graph, which is used to visuallyillustrate the fatigue process. All experiences, which I have learnedand wish to comment on, are available in the presented discussionand conclusion all of which are presented in the following pages of thereport.3

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