Three reliability methods for fatigue crack growth

Wing Kam Liu*, Yijung Chen, Ted Belytschko, Yuan Jie Lua

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In this paper, three reliability methods (1) a first order reliability method (FORM) based on the total derivative method (TDM), (2) FORM based on the Lagrange multiplier formulation (LMF) and (3) a Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) with pseudo-exact sampling technique are applied to curvilinear fatigue crack growth problems. The crack can follow an arbitrary path which is determined by a crack direction law. A boundary integral element method is used to determine the mechanical response. With the help of the pseudo-exact sampling technique used in MCS, we are able to determine an extremely low probability of failure as low as 10-6 with high accuracy. A comparison of the three methods shows that the LMF is the most efficient method for the general fatigue crack growth reliability problems. For the class of problems we considered, LMF agrees very well with Monte Carlo simulation, indicating that it is quite accurate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-752
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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