The vibration testing of components in the automotive industry requires long testing times and the use of expensive facilities. To
shorten these testing times an accelerated vibration-testing approach is usually applied. This research tries to shorten these testing
times by considering the parameters that define vibration-testing techniques. With special attention to the excitation types sweepsine
and random, a damage-based approach is applied. The phenomenon of fatigue damage is closely observed from the frequencydomain
point of view but also by considering the relationship between the time and the frequency domains. The Palmgren-Miner
cumulative rule is applied to calculate the fatigue life. Two case studies of measured responses are used to compare the times to
failure. The results show that proposed predictions can be used to compare different testing techniques, but they are not so accurate
when predicting the actual times to failure.