UNCERTAINTY QUANTIFICATION IN RESIDUAL STRESS AFFECTED FATIGUE CRACK GROWTH LIFE
In recent years a number of studies have been performed in which the impact of residual stress on structural performance, especially fatigue performance, has been evaluated both experimentally and analytically. These efforts are leading to an emerging paradigm in which residual stresses are represented explicitly in structural design, analysis, manufacturing and sustainment calculations. In order for this new approach to be become minimally viable, it is necessary to be able to quantify both the residual stresses in the structural component in question, and the impact that those residual stresses have on component strength and life. However, to achieve general acceptance, especially for critical applications in which the presence of the residual stress directly impacts whether or not the component will meet its design requirements, deterministic quantification alone may not be sufficient; it may be necessary to quantify the uncertainties in both the residual stresses and the resulting fatigue lives.