Equivalence of four-point and three-point rainflow cycle counting algorithms

McInnes, C. and Meehan, P. A. (2008) Equivalence of four-point and three-point rainflow cycle counting algorithms. International Journal of Fatigue, 30 3: 547-559. doi:10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2007.03.006

Author McInnes, C.
Meehan, P. A.
Title Equivalence of four-point and three-point rainflow cycle counting algorithms
Journal name International Journal of Fatigue   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-1123
Publication date 2008-02-04
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2007.03.006
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 547
End page 559
Total pages 12
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 0913 Mechanical Engineering
970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
Abstract Two forms of the rainflow cycle counting algorithm for fatigue damage prediction are shown to be equivalent, namely the three-point algorithm as presented by Bannantine et al. [Bannantine JA, Comer JJ, Handrock JL. Fundamentals of metal fatigue analysis. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall; 1990], and the four-point algorithm as presented by Amzallag et al. [Amzallag C, Gerey JP, Robert JL, Bahuaud J. Standardization of the rainflow counting method for fatigue analysis. Int J Fatigue 1994;16:287-293]. While it can be demonstrated by example that the same result is obtained by the two algorithms, no generalised proof of their equivalence has previously been presented. The proof is built on several identified properties of the four-point algorithm, including that certain modifications to the stress series being analysed do not alter the outcome.
Keyword Cycle counting methods
Fatigue analysis
Load histories
Rainflow method
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 15 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 21 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 08 Apr 2009, 00:58:46 EST by Heather Freeborn on behalf of School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering