In this work, we present a statistical treatment of stress-life (S-N) data drawn from a collection of records of fatigue experiments that were performed on 75S-T6 aluminum alloys. Our main objective is to predict the fatigue life of materials by providing a systematic approach to model calibration, model selection and model ranking with reference to S-N data. To this purpose, we consider fatigue-limit models and random fatigue-limit models that are specially designed to allow the treatment of the run-outs (right-censored data). We first fit the models to the data by maximum likelihood methods and estimate the quantiles of the life distribution of the alloy specimen. We then compare and rank the models by classical measures of fit based on information criteria. We also consider a Bayesian approach that provides, under the prior distribution of the model parameters selected by the user, their simulation-based posterior distributions.
A hierarchical Bayesian inference method is developed to estimate the thermal resistance and volumetric heat capacity of a wall. We apply our methodology to a real case study where measurements are recorded each minute from two temperature probes and two heat flux sensors placed on both sides of a solid brick wall along a period of almost five days. We model the heat transfer through the wall by means of the one-dimensional heat equation with Dirichlet boundary conditions.
The initial/boundary conditions for the temperature are approximated by piecewise linear functions. We assume that temperature and heat flux measurements have independent Gaussian noise and derive the joint likelihood of the wall parameters and the initial/boundary conditions. Under the model assumptions, the boundary conditions are marginalized analytically from the joint likelihood. ApproximatedGaussian posterior distributions for the wall parameters and the initial condition parameter are obtained using the Laplace method, after incorporating the available prior information. The information gain is estimated under different experimental setups, to determine the best allocation of resources.
In this work we develop a hierarchical Bayesian setting to infer unknown parameters in initial-boundary value problems (IBVPs) for one-dimensional linear parabolic partial differential equations. Noisy boundary data and known initial condition are assumed. We derive the likelihood function associated with the forward problem, given some measurements of the solution field subject to Gaussian noise. Such function is then analytically marginalized using the linearity of the equation. Gaussian priors have been assumed for the time-dependent Dirichlet boundary values. Our approach is applied to synthetic data for the one-dimensional heat equation model, where the thermal diffusivity is the unknown parameter. We show how to infer the thermal diffusivity parameter when its prior distribution is lognormal or modeled by means of a space-dependent stationary lognormal random field. We use the Laplace method to provide approximated Gaussian posterior distributions for the thermal diffusivity. Expected information gains and predictive posterior densities for observable quantities are numerically estimated for different experimental setups.
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