Important Things to Know About Fatigue Testing

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With time, there are a lot of innovations seen in the working style of different engineers and technicians. Different types of testing have come up that make their work more efficient and accurate. One of the common tests is Fatigue testing, which is a crucial procedure that helps engineers predict the durability of the component under working conditions. With time this testing has become compulsory in different work conditions to ensure safety in the long run.

Usually, Fatigue is the structural damage that arises in the cyclically loaded structures. This can be characterized by an initiation which is followed by the growth of cracks. If this problem is not taken care of on time, it can result in a catastrophic fracture of the material. Mostly the structural failure is caused due to overload, but the fatigue damage under the magnitude of stress if it goes below the material’s yield. The rate at which the crack will grow is because of the intensity and frequency of the applied load. This is how fatigue testing is used to evaluate the durability of the component that is put into the working conditions. 

There are different types of fatigue testing available for different types of parts or components. It can range from automated material specimens to full-size large test rigs. In most rotating structures like gas turbines and blades, it is very important to accurately capture the loading conditions. Many times it is seen that rotors often have complicated geometries that help in serving different functions. So the degree of stress of the components might vary accordingly.  

There are two testing techniques used i.e., Low Cycle Fatigue and High Cycle Fatigue tests. In the LCF methods, high load application is made at a low-frequency rate. On the other hand, in HCF, the high-frequency load might result in fatigue damages in a short span. Still, after all such analyses, there might be some common issues faced because of the failure of rotors. 

The fatigue testing is mostly performed to generate the data that will ensure the good health of the components in the operational environment. While performing these tests, different factors are considered like loading field cycle pattern, temperatures, environmental factors, and even axiality.

The Fatigue testing results will help define the repair cycle requirements so that the machine can work in the best possible way. This has a significant impact on the cost incurred on the equipment and also ensures safety-related issues. There is the use of different test devices that will provide the relevant test results for performing this test. Even there is the development of advanced machines that are helping to provide the most accurate results.

Even there is the use of Spin fatigue testing used by different industries to check the integrity and durability of rotating machinery components. There are many industries like automotive, Aerospace, Construction, Apparel, and Medical, using this test frequently to ensure their working. So the use of Fatigue testing has made things more accurate and reliable for work. 

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