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Fatigue TestingAnd Fatigue Analysis

Fatigue is the progressive and localized structural damage that occurs when a material is subjected to cyclic loading. Continued cycling of high-stress concentrations may eventually cause a crack that propagates and results in leakages.

Safety is an important aspect in designing automotive and other components. Dewesoft fatigue analysis solution is used for predicting fatigue damages based on measured strain and stress.







Strain and Stress

Strain and Stress



Full Bridge

Full Bridge

Half Bridge

Half Bridge

Quarter Bridge

Quarter Bridge



High-speed video

High-speed video

Fatigue Testing highlights

Instant Results

Temporary fatigue results are available online including additional math channels. 


Direct pre-processing or local extreme detection, cycle counting methods with algorithm settings, rainflow filtering, discretization, visualization, and analysis.

Standard Counting Algorithms

Solution supports standard counting algorithms like rainflow counting algorithm (ASTM) and Markov counting.

Post Processing Made Easy

Easy analysis of large data sets is possible directly within our Dewesoft X data acquisition but we offer data export to many different standard file formats including universal file format, excel, Matlab, FlexPro, Diadem, CSV, and many others. 


The solution comes bundled with several data visualization options including a range diagram, mean diagram, from/to matrix.

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Preprocessing of Time Domain Signal

  • Turning points filter - detects turning points (local extremes) in the signal. The filter is applied to the input signal by default and cannot be disabled since the Fatigue Analysis Module requires a sequence of turning points as its input (instead of a full load signal).

  • Rainflow filter (hysteresis filter) -  removes small oscillations from the signal. All turning points that correspond to the cycles with the ranges below the given threshold are removed. Higher the threshold, more turning points are filtered out, and vice versa. The rainflow filtering can significantly reduce the number of turning points, which can be of importance for both testing and numerical simulation. The threshold parameter of value T corresponds to the T% of the absolute load signal range.

  • Discretization filter -  divides the range of a load signal into N equidistant bins and assigns each turning point to its closest bin. Load signals are typically very stochastic, therefore, discretization is often applied to make them flatter and less stochastic. The number of bins is adjusted with the Class count parameter.

Fatigue Rainflow Counting Procedure

Rainflow counting is generally accepted as being the best cycle counting method up to date and has become the industrial de-facto standard.

The idea behind the method is to detect the hysteresis loops in the load signal. We'll refer to the hysteresis loops as the closed cycles. Parts of the signal that do not correspond to the closed cycles are the so-called open cycles or residuals. 

Different rainflow counting standards, such as ASTM, DIN, and AFNOR, differ with respect to the treatment of the residuals. In order to be as general as possible, the Fatigue Analysis Module supports both residual and non-residual modes. 

Fatigue Markov Counting Method

Markov counting is one of the most straightforward cycle counting methods. It operates on consecutive pairs of turning points and calculates absolute ranges between them. 

Data Visualization

In order to graphically represent the results the fatigue analysis module uses the most common visualization techniques used in fatigue analysis: 

  • Range histograms - 2-D graph representing the range distribution of a load signal (range, number of cycles). A typical range histogram use case would be to obtain the range histogram of a signal, rotate it over a diagonal (swap the X-axis and Y-axis), overlay a corresponding S-N curve on top, and check whether it stays well below the curve.

  • From/to matrices - 3-D graph representing the cycle distribution of a load signal (from, to, number of cycles)

  • Range/mean matrices - 3-D graph representing the cycle distribution of a load signal (cycle range, cycle mean, number of cycles)

  • Peak/valley channel

  • RF filter channel

  • Discretization channel

  • Rainflow counting

  • Markov counting

The classes parameter specifies the number of classes the range is divided into. When the auto checkbox is ticked the Dewesodt X software automatically calculates Min range and Max range from the input signal. 

Calculate Large Data Sets Easily

When analyzing extremely large data files with the Fatigue Analysis Module the operating system can run out of memory. In order to be as robust as possible and avoid such scenarios, the module supports a special Hard drive mode.

In the hard drive mode all the intermediate data is stored on the hard drive instead of in the RAM, thus substantially decreasing the memory consumption. 

Additional Fatigue Test and Analysis Resources

  • Fatigue analysis online PRO training course

  • Fatigue analysis DewesoftX online software manual

FAQFrequently asked questions

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