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Fatigue Life Assessment of Structures


Modeling Methods for SHM

  1. Thomas Bruder

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470061626.shm065

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring

How to Cite

Bruder, T. 2009. Fatigue Life Assessment of Structures. Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring. .

Author Information

  1. Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF), Darmstadt, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


This article gives an overview on fatigue life assessment methods based on finite element (FE) results. The basic analysis of service loads acting on a structure is described. The essential background is provided for evaluating the fatigue life using the stress-life and the strain-life approach. Furthermore, attention is given to effects on the fatigue strength related to the component's surface and size. Exemplarily, fatigue life evaluation is illustrated for a uniaxially loaded notched member as well as a component under multiaxial loading.


  • strength;
  • fatigue life;
  • structural durability;
  • variable-amplitude loading;
  • damage;
  • finite element method;
  • metals