A finite-element computational method is employed to determine the spatial distribution of stress and strain in a notched-plate fatigue specimen fabricated of mild steel. Because of cyclic strain softening of the material, there is a redistribution of stress and strain in the specimen as a function of the number of load cycles. This phenomenon is considered in the analysis by using cyclic stress-strain diagrams as effective stress-strain curves. The numerical results are found to correlate well with measured strain distributions reported in the literature.

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