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A Very Brief History of Fatigue Research- Part 2 – August Wöhler and the Late 19th Century

This is the second of a four-part series on the history of fatigue analysis.  It has been adapted from the upcoming Ph.D. dissertation of VEXTEC’s Robert McDaniels. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 3 here.

While early and important work was being done by Wilhelm Albert, Jean-Victor Poncelet, William Rankine, and other researchers in the growing field of fatigue in the 1800’s, by far the most influential person at the beginning of the systematic study of fatigue was August Wöhler.  Read more

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A Very Brief History of Fatigue Research- Part 1- The Beginning

This is the first of a four-part series on the history of fatigue analysis.  It has been adapted from the upcoming Ph.D. dissertation of VEXTEC’s Robert McDaniels.  You can read Part 2 here.

Isaac Newton wrote to Robert Hooke “If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”[1]   Since the first research on metal fatigue began in the 18th century, a very large number of researchers from all over the world have contributed to the knowledge base that has been amassed.  Read more