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Design methodology for durability of mechanical components

The project has delivered a comprehensive methodology for durability and reliability design of mechanical components which span a range of metallic materials, manufacturing processes, geometries, surface finishes and a variety of modes of loading in service. The methodology and software tools encompass both high cycle fatigue (HCF), where local deformation is elastic, and low cycle fatigue (LCF), where the local deformation may be elastoplastic, regimes, thus covering a very wide range of applications, particularly in the automotive industry. In addition to the provision of numerical analytical support, provision is also made within the software system for the delivery of heuristic advice exploiting the emerging smart technologies for information management.

The industrial partners have developed exploitation plans to integrate the above into their respective inhouse design processes. The university partners will develop advanced teaching materials and consultancy services to small and medium sized enterprises (SME).

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Rover Group
Gaydon Test Centre Banbury Road
CV35 0BL Lighthorne
United Kingdom
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