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New optomechanical approach to quantitative characterization of fatigue behavior of dynamically loaded structures
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Paper Abstract

The basic relationships between stress and strain under cyclic conditions of loading are not at present well understood. It would seem that information of this type is vital for a fundamental approach to understand the fatigue behavior of dynamically loaded structures. In this paper, experimental and computational methods are utilized to study the fatigue behavior of a thin aluminum cantilever plate subjected to dynamic loading. The studies are performed by combining optomechanical and finite element methods. The cantilever plate is loaded periodically by excitation set at a fixed amplitude and at a specific resonance frequency of the plate. By continuously applying this type of loading and using holographic interferometry, the behavior of the plate during a specific period of time is investigated. Quantitative information is obtained from laser vibrometry data which are utilized by a finite element program to calculate strains and stresses assuming a homogeneous and isotropic material and constant strain elements. It is shown that the use of experimental and computational hybrid methodologies allows identification of different zones of the plate that are fatigue critical. This optomechanical approach proves to be a viable tool for understanding of fatigue behavior of mechanical components and for performing optimization of structures subjected to fatigue conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2544, Interferometry VII: Techniques and Analysis, (14 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211887
Show Author Affiliations
Cosme Furlong, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2544:
Interferometry VII: Techniques and Analysis
Malgorzata Kujawinska; Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz; Mitsuo Takeda, Editor(s)

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