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Machines 2018, 6(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines6030030

Design and Demonstration of a Low-Cost Small-Scale Fatigue Testing Machine for Multi-Purpose Testing of Materials, Sensors and Structures

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Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, UK
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Doctoral Training Centre in Wind and Marine Energy Systems, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 6 June 2018 / Revised: 26 June 2018 / Accepted: 10 July 2018 / Published: 12 July 2018
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Abstract

Mechanical fatigue testing of materials, prototype structures or sensors is often required prior to the deployment of these components in industrial applications. Such fatigue tests often requires the continuous long-term use of an appropriate loading machine, which can incur significant costs when outsourcing and can limit customization options. In this work, design and implementation of a low-cost small-scale machine capable of customizable fatigue experimentation on structural beams is presented. The design is thoroughly modeled using FEM software and compared to a sample experiment, demonstrating long-term endurance of the machine. This approach to fatigue testing is then evaluated against the typical cost of outsourcing in the UK, providing evidence that, for long-term testing of at least 373 h, a custom machine is the preferred option. View Full-Text
Keywords: fatigue; loading machine; design; low-cost; customizable; FEM software fatigue; loading machine; design; low-cost; customizable; FEM software
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McAlorum, J.; Rubert, T.; Fusiek, G.; Niewczas, P.; Zorzi, G. Design and Demonstration of a Low-Cost Small-Scale Fatigue Testing Machine for Multi-Purpose Testing of Materials, Sensors and Structures. Machines 2018, 6, 30.

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