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Statistical models for estimating the fatigue life, the stress-life relation, and the P-S-N curves of metallic materials in Very High Cycle Fatigue: A review​

The research on the Very High Cycle Fatigue (VHCF) response of materials isfundamental to guarantee a safe design of structural components. Researchersdevelop models for the fatigue life in VHCF, aiming at assessing the stress–liferelation and, accordingly, the probabilistic S–N (P-S–N) curves. In the paper,the models for the stress–life relation in VHCF are comprehensively reviewed.The models are classified according to the approach followed for defining thestress–life dependency, that is, power law, probabilistic, fracture mechanics, orParis law-based approach. The number of failure modes that can be modeled,the statistical distribution for the fatigue life, and the characteristics of the esti-mated P-S–N curves are also reviewed by analyzing the fitting capability ofexperimental datasets for each model. This review is supposed to highlight thestrengths and weaknesses of the currently available models and guide thefuture research.