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EPSRC Reference: GR/J65112/01
Title: PROBABILISTIC APPROACH FOR FATIQUE DESIGN AND OPTIMISATION OF CAST ALUMINIUM STRUCTURES (PRO-CAST)
Principal Investigator: Evans, Professor WJ
Other Investigators:
Spittle, Dr J Brown, Professor S
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Project Partners:
Pre Nexus Migration Rover Ltd
Department: Materials Engineering
Organisation: Swansea University
Scheme: LINK
Starts: 01 May 1994 Ends: 31 October 1997 Value (£): 180,305
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Transport Systems and Vehicles
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The aim is first to characterise as-cast defects and those produced by machining or by shot-peening in terms of dimensions, residual stress and position in microstructure. Short-crack growth studies will be made to provide a deterministic relationship between defect size/character and fatigue life and the deterministic relationships will then be fed into a probabilistic model to predict fatigue life based on the distribution of defects. The model will be validated using rig tests. Alternative algorithms will be assessed.
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