Statistical methods in fatigue testing

The course provides an introduction to statistical methods in the context of durability testing, in particular high-cycle fatigue.

The lifetime of a component under low stress is best described by a statistical distribution with a high variance (scatter). In the interest of safety, the lower quantiles of this distribution – e.g. the minimum lifetime that is reached by all but 1% of the parts – need to be estimated accurately. As fatigue tests are time consuming and expensive, we have to draw conclusions on rare events from a small number of observations...
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