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Faculty Mentor

Shanzhong (Shawn) Duan

Abstract

In this paper, an inline skate axel is analyzed based on fatigue and economic principles for four different materials. The loading scenario on the axel of the inline skate is derived and broken down to a maximum shear stress that must be less than the maximum fatigue stress of the axel material. A fatigue analysis using Goodman line diagrams is applied to axels made of aluminum, titanium, nylon, and PVC. The material strengths are then compared to the loading requirements and determined whether they would be sufficient for an axel material. Finally, the prices are compared to verify the selection of the cheapest and structurally stable axel material.

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