Duty (of a machine or apparatus)

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duty cycle load cycle (deprecated)

1 - A sequence of operating conditions, to which a machine or apparatus is subjected.

2 - A statement or schedule of the loads on a machine or apparatus, including their

durations and sequence in time.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM