Gao, Y., Han, J., Fang, J., and Wang, S., "Programmed Load Spectrum for Fatigue Bench Test of a Vehicle Body," SAE Int. J. Mater. Manf. 9(3):605-613, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-0387.
A compiled method of the programmed load spectrum, which can simplify and accelerate the fatigue bench test of a car body, is proposed and its effectiveness is checked by the fatigue simulation. By using the multi-body dynamics model with a satisfactory accuracy, the virtual iteration is applied to cascade body loads from the wheel hubs. Based on the rain-flow counting method and statistics theory, the distributions of the body loads are analyzed, and then the programmed load spectrum is compiled and simplified. Through comparative study, the simulation results of random and programmed load spectrum are found to agree well with each other in terms of the damage distribution and fatigue life, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the presented method.