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