Design and demonstration of a low-cost small-scale fatigue testing machine for multi-purpose testing of materials, sensors and structures

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Mechanical fatigue testing of materials, prototype structures or sensors is often required prior to the deployment of these components in industrial applications. Such fatigue tests often requires the continuous long-term use of an appropriate loading machine, which can incur significant costs when outsourcing and can limit customization options. In this work, design and implementation of a low-cost small-scale machine capable of customizable fatigue experimentation on structural beams is presented. The design is thoroughly modeled using FEM software and compared to a sample experiment, demonstrating long-term endurance of the machine. This approach to fatigue testing is then evaluated against the typical cost of outsourcing in the UK, providing evidence that for long-term testing of at least 373 hours, a custom machine is the preferred
Original languageEnglish
Article number30
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2018


  • fatigue
  • loading machine
  • design
  • low-cost
  • customizable
  • FEM software

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