Large-Scale Fatigue Testing Based on the Rotating Beam Method

M. Isakov, O. Rantalainen, T. Saarinen, A. Lehtovaara

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A large-scale fatigue testing machine based on the rotating beam method in a four-point bending configuration was designed and built. With the device, high-strength metal specimens with a 32-mm gauge diameter and a 100-mm gauge length can be tested at a cyclic frequency of up to 48 Hz. In this work, particular attention was paid to evaluating the spatial and temporal uniformity of the loading within the large specimen; methods for quantitative evaluation of these effects were developed. The developed test methodology allows for the fatigue testing of specimens with size, microstructure, and surface conditions that are similar to actual machine parts.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Fatigue testing
  • Rotating beam
  • Rotating bending
  • Size effect

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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