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Fatigue Stress-Life Model of RC Beams Based on an Accelerated Fatigue Method

Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5316, USA
Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Mutah University, Karak 61710, Jordan
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Infrastructures 2019, 4(2), 16;
Received: 21 March 2019 / Revised: 13 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 20 April 2019
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Several standard fatigue testing methods are used to determine the fatigue stress-life prediction model (S-N curve) and the endurance limit of Reinforced Concrete (RC) beams, including the application of constant cyclic tension-tension loads at different stress or strain ranges. The standard fatigue testing methods are time-consuming and expensive to perform, as a large number of specimens is needed to obtain valid results. The purpose of this paper is to examine a fatigue stress-life predication model of RC beams that are developed with an accelerated fatigue approach. This approach is based on the hypothesis of linear accumulative damage of the Palmgren–Miner rule, whereby the applied cyclic load range is linearly increased with respect to the number of cycles until the specimen fails. A three-dimensional RC beam was modeled and validated using ANSYS software. Numerical simulations were performed for the RC beam under linearly increased cyclic loading with different initial loading conditions. A fatigue stress-life model was developed that was based on the analyzed data of three specimens. The accelerated fatigue approach has a higher rate of damage accumulations than the standard testing approach. All of the analyzed specimens failed due to an unstable cracking of concrete. The developed fatigue stress-life model fits the upper 95% prediction band of RC beams that were tested under constant amplitude cyclic loading. View Full-Text
Keywords: bridges; accelerated fatigue; RC beams; S-N model; finite element analysis bridges; accelerated fatigue; RC beams; S-N model; finite element analysis

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Eljufout, T.; Toutanji, H.; Al-Qaralleh, M. Fatigue Stress-Life Model of RC Beams Based on an Accelerated Fatigue Method. Infrastructures 2019, 4, 16.

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