This study presents the optimization of the maintenance scheduling of mechanical components under fatigue loading. The cracks of damaged structures may be detected during non-destructive inspection and subsequently repaired. Fatigue crack initiation and growth show inherent variability, and as well the outcome of inspection activities. The problem is addressed under the framework of reliability based optimization. The initiation and propagation of fatigue cracks are efficiently modeled using cohesive zone elements. The applicability of the method is demonstrated by a numerical example, which involves a plate with two holes subject to alternating stress.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering|
|State||Published - 1 May 2012|
- Cohesive zone element
- Crack propagation
- Optimal maintenance scheduling
- Reliability-based optimization