A plain linear rule for fatigue analysis under natural loading considering the sequence effect
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Variable amplitude fatigue
Fatigue under variable amplitude loading is currently assessed with the Palmgren-Miner rule in structural standards, ignoring the order of loading, which would require non-linear or mixed rules, especially for the random loading sequences applied to certain structures. Therefore, the goal is to develop a practical and simple correction factor ensuring the linear summation of damage is conservative, so as to take the sequence effect into account in random loading from natural sources. The theoretical consistency of this approach is demonstrated and a case study is developed to test the feasibility of the new rule and its simplicity.