Design and Fabrication of Fatigue Testing machine for Leaf Spring

Design and Fabrication of Fatigue Testing machine for Leaf Spring


A fatigue is a failure of material or machine due to the action of repeated or fluctuating stress on a machine member for some number of times. This failure begins with a small crack. The initial crack is so minute that it cannot be detected by the naked eye and is even quite difficult to locate in a magniflux or x-ray inspection. The crack will develop at a point of discontinuity in the material such as a change in cross section, a keyway, a hole or a notch. Less obvious points at which fatigue failure are likely to begin are inspection or stamp marks, internal cracks or even irregularities caused by machining. Once a crack is initiated the stress concentration effect becomes greater and the crack progresses more rapidly. A spring is defined as an elastic body, whose function is to distort when loaded and to recover its original shape when the load is removed. Leaf springs absorb the vehicle vibrations, shocks and bump loads (induced due to road irregularities) by means of spring deflections, so that the potential energy is stored in the leaf spring and then relieved slowly. Ability to store and absorb more amount of strain energy ensures the comfortable suspension system. The spring is mounted on the axle of the vehicle. The entire vehicle load rests on the leaf spring. The front end of the spring is connected to the frame with a simple pin joint, while the rear end of the spring is connected with a shackle. Shackle is the flexible link which connects between leaf spring rear eye and frame.


Main aim of this project work is to design and fabrication of Fatigue Testing Machine which is capable of testing the fatigue life of various samples of fabricated composite leaf springs for Automobile application. Also with the result of each test carried out with this machine, the fatigue life of various fiber reinforced composite materials can be obtained and fatigue failure be guarded against in optimum manner.

  • To design the fatigue tester and it’s components
  • To fabricate the fatigue testing machine
  • To test the fatigue strength of the composite leaf springs
  • Analysis on the fabricated leaf spring.


The fatigue testing machine consists of the following components:

  • A HP electric motor
  • Flange, connecting rods.
  • Dead weight
  • Plummer blocks
  • Digital counter
  • Variable speed control
  • Specimen ( leaf spring)
  • Bearing

Flange and connecting rods

These are used to have rotary motion and convert it to vertical straight-line motion. So that stroke of required dimension can be achieved. For this an eccentric hole is made on the flange, on which by some manufacturing processes (welding, threading, drilling) connecting rod fixed. The length of eccentricity, length of the connecting rod influences the stroke length. So its important to have much care about the design parameters of these things.


To allow free motion of connecting rod without any interruption, while achieving the strokes on leaf spring.

Plummer block:

In order to balance the rotating masses of high weight capacity by absorbing the vibrations induced during the stroke operation. The particular bearing used in this project is the single, row, deep; groove bearing that can take both radial load and some thrust load. The bearing is shouldered in a housing made of cast iron to secure adequate support for the bearing and resist the maximum thrust load.

Digital counter:

These are more important for the ease of analysis. One of these is used to display the number of cycles completed and other is to stress induced for every cycle. These readings make the working of machine much précised.

Variable speed control

Speed of the motor is adjusted by the belt and pulley arrangement. As per the need, it can be adjusted with the rearrangement of the belt with the pulleys. But speed of the motor is predefined with the diameter of pulleys, this is where our permission in order to change the speed gets completed.


The supply to the machine is turned OFF and the spring load is reduced to zero. Then the bolts in the clamping mechanism are loosened and the specimen is loaded in to it. The bolts are then tightened to ensure that the specimen does not loosen during the operation of the machine. The required load is set on the spring load by adjusting the nut below the spring load mechanism and the supply is turned ON. The digital counter is reset to zero and the machine is turned ON. After a certain period of time the specimen will fail and the digital counter will stop, then the machine is turned OFF. And the failed specimen is removed and a new specimen is loaded and the test is repeated for different values of spring load.

fatigue testing machine
fatigue testing machine


When fatigue stress is induced on a material due to the action of force reversing and fluctuating, a failure known as fatigue failure takes place. The study and test conducted so far shows that fatigue failure cannot be predicted accurately since material failure under fatigue are affected not by just reversal loading alone but also the number of revolution (cycle per minute) and fluctuating stress and other factors such as temperature, atmospheric condition, both internal and external defect on material subjected under fatigue stress. Such defect includes notch, inclusion, stress concentration and non-homogeneity.

Scope for future work:

The project that is seen today is a conceptual setup. This setup was to test the fatigue life of composite leaf springs, on which many researches and developments are going on. The future scope of this project is seen to be very vast among which It can be modified for various testing parameters. Presently the accuracy of output of the machine depends on strain gauge reading, it can be improved in future by advanced micro fracture detecting techniques.





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Sachin Thorat

Sachin is a B-TECH graduate in Mechanical Engineering from a reputed Engineering college. Currently, he is working in the sheet metal industry as a designer. Additionally, he has interested in Product Design, Animation, and Project design. He also likes to write articles related to the mechanical engineering field and tries to motivate other mechanical engineering students by his innovative project ideas, design, models and videos.

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