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(~) BY AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TESTING AND MATERIALS 1975 Library of Congress Catalog Card N u m b e r : 75-13060.

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In 1949 Committee E-9 on Fatigue published ASTM STP 91, Manual on Fatigue Testing. Seven years later E-9 published ASTM STP 91A, A Guide for Fatigue Testing and the Statistical Analysis of Fatigue Data. Both publications were modest efforts, presenting what was then considered the current practice and views of Committee E-9 members. Subsequently effort was expended intermittently in Committee E-9 for over a decade in various attempts to revise and expand these STP's to reflect advances in the state of the art and in statistical analyses. This activity ultimately led to ASTM STP 566, Handbook of Fatigue Testing, and to the present Manual on Statistical Planning and Analysis for Fatigue Experiments. The present manual is the last of several attempts to revise ASTM STP 91A to include more information on statistical planning of fatigue experiments. The reader will find in the first two chapters an effort to present and explain the basic terminology and fundamental concepts of planned experiments, and to indicate the necessary steps in a professional statistical analysis (using a simple randomized complete block fatigue test program for purposes of illustration). The last two chapters cover statistical planning of S-N and fatigue strength (response) tests, with specific recommendations regarding specimen replication; and nonparametric comparison of two censored life samples, with extensive computer tables. Overall, the intent is to provide sufficient information to permit fatigue investigators to conduct fatigue test programs with statistically planned organizational structures. In the acknowledgments at the end of this manual I have expressed my appreciation to those individuals who contributed to this manual. As Chairman of Subcommittee E09.06, I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to all those individuals who worked on various antecedents to the present manual.

R. E. Little, Chairman ASTM Committee E09.06 on Statistical Aspects of Fatigue

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Introduction Chapter 1--Fundamental Concepts in the Statistical Planning (Design) of Fatigue Experiments Introduction Organizational Structure of Planned Experiments Paired Comparison Test Program Elementary Uniformity Trial Test Program Completely Randomized Design (CRD) Test Program Ramdomized Complete Block (RCB) Test Program Elementary Split Plot Test Program Summary and Perspective Appendix Chapter 2--Necessary Steps in Statistical Analysis for Planned Experiments Introduction Necessary Steps in Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for a Paired Comparison Program Step 1 : Write the Mathematical Model Step 2: Plot the Transformed Data Step 3: Explain the Data (by appropriate parameter estimation) Step 4: Statistical Analysis (generally analysis of variance (ANOVA)) Summary Chapter 3--Planning S - N and Response Tests Introduction Conventional S - N Tests Preliminary and Exploratory Tests Replicated S - N Tests Replication Guidelines for S - N Testing Discussion of Guidelines Fatigue Strength and Fatigue Limit Tests Probit Method Up-and-Down Method Two-Point Method vii 1

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Chapter 4--Distribution-Free Statistical Tests for Comparing Two Censored Life Samples (in a CRD Test Program) Nomenclature Introduction Complete (uncensored) Data Censored Data Test of Hypothesis Alternative Hypotheses Complete (uncensored) Data Mann and Whitney's U Statistic Mann and Whitney's Tables Censored Data Run-Outs Halperin's Un Statistic Halperin's Tables Accelerated Comparisons Young's Ur Statistic Young's Tables Appendix I Appendix II References Acknowledgments

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