Fatigue life-based reliability assessment of a heavy vehicle leaf spring

Lennie Abdullah, Salvinder Singh Karam Singh, Abdul Hadi Azman, Shahrum Abdullah, Ahmad Kamal Ariffin Mohd Ihsan, Yat Sheng Kong

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Purpose: This study aims to determine the reliability assessment based on the predicted fatigue life of leaf spring under random strain loading. Design/methodology/approach: Random loading data were extracted from three various road conditions at 200 Hz using a strain gauge for a duration of 100 s. The fatigue life was predicted using strain-life approaches of Coffin–Manson, Morrow and Smith–Watson–Topper (SWT) models. Findings: The leaf spring had the highest fatigue life of 1,544 cycle/block under highway data compared uphill (1,299 cycle/block) and downhill (1,008 cycle/block) data. Besides that, the statistical properties of kurtosis showed that uphill data were the highest at 3.81 resulted in the presence of high amplitude in the strain loading data. For fatigue life-based reliability assessment, the SWT model provided a narrower shape compared to the Coffin–Manson and Morrow models using the Gumbel distribution. The SWT model had the lowest mean cycle to failure of 1,250 cycle/block followed by Morrow model (1,317 cycle/block) and the Coffin–Manson model (1,429 cycle/block). The SWT model considers the mean stress effects by interpreting the strain energy density that will influence the reliability assessment. Research limitations/implications: The reliability assessment based on fatigue life prediction is conducted using the Gumbel distribution to investigate the behaviour of fatigue random loading, where most previous studies had concentrated on a Weibull distribution on random data. Originality/value: Thus, this study proposes that the Gumbel distribution is suitable for analysing the reliability of random loading data in assessing with the fatigue life prediction of a heavy vehicle leaf spring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-736
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Integrity
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2019

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Vehicle springs
Leaf springs
Fatigue of materials
Weibull distribution
Strain gages
Strain energy

Keywords

  • Fatigue life
  • Heavy vehicle
  • Leaf spring
  • Reliability
  • Strain data

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  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Fatigue life-based reliability assessment of a heavy vehicle leaf spring. / Abdullah, Lennie; Karam Singh, Salvinder Singh; Azman, Abdul Hadi; Abdullah, Shahrum; Mohd Ihsan, Ahmad Kamal Ariffin; Kong, Yat Sheng.

In: International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 10, No. 5, 07.10.2019, p. 726-736.

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Abdullah, Lennie ; Karam Singh, Salvinder Singh ; Azman, Abdul Hadi ; Abdullah, Shahrum ; Mohd Ihsan, Ahmad Kamal Ariffin ; Kong, Yat Sheng. / Fatigue life-based reliability assessment of a heavy vehicle leaf spring. In: International Journal of Structural Integrity. 2019 ; Vol. 10, No. 5. pp. 726-736.
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