A new method of evaluation of elastic property deterioration due to accumulated damage is suggested and experimentally verified. It is based on the explicit correlations between two groups of anisotropic properties – conductivity and elasticity, recently established for porous/microcracked materials with anisotropic microstructures. An experimental study of fatigue has been done to verify the theoretical predictions. The electrical resistance and Young’s modulus are measured as functions of the number of loading cycles in the standard fatigue tests. The agreement between the theoretical predictions and the direct experimental data is better than 10% in all cases. The results allow one to use the measurement of electric resistance to estimate the damage accumulated in metal structures and decrease in the elastic modulus.

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