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Course Agenda

Duration: 1 or 2 days

Course Overview

Practical Fatigue Theory is a technical concept class designed to help you

understand the role of fatigue in product life.

Introduction to Fatigue

Important durability concepts are taught by explaining the necessary

fatigue theory used in performing fatigue analysis. Emphasis is placed
on the practical side of fatigue, with our expert trainers focusing on
best practices for engineers.

The Physics of Fatigue

In this course you will explore common fatigue analysis methods:

stress-life (SN), strain-life (EN), and crack growth. For each of these
methods, the course defines the basic procedure and
assumptions, and provides an understanding of practical
applicability. Software is not used during this course,
instead focusing on practical concepts that provide an
in-depth explanation of whats going on behind the
software. It is equally applicable to test and CAE-based
fatigue calculations.

Stress-Life Approach - SN

Class time is split between lectures and hands-on

sessions where you will put the concepts into action
by performing calculations. Case studies are shared to
highlight practical applications of theory.

The definition of fatigue

Historical and modern practice

Service Details

nCode Product Training

Practical Fatigue Theory

Structural failure mechanisms

Basic physics and metallurgy

An Overview of Fatigue Analysis Methods

Crack initiation vs. crack growth

Common methods of assessing durability
Concepts of high cycle fatigue and endurance limits
Definitions of loading and issues affecting accuracy
Stress concentrations
Rainflow cycle counting
Mean stress effects
Probability of failure: understanding scatter and its
Miners Rule for damage accumulation

Strain-Life Approach EN

High and low cycle Fatigue

Materials properties and their measurement
The stress-strain curve and the cyclic stress-strain curve
Stress concentrations
Localized plasticity and Neuber notch corrections

Multiaxial Fatigue

Who Should Attend?

Fracture Mechanics and Crack Growth

It is assumed that attendees are familiar with material behavior and

general structural mechanics, typical of most practicing engineers.

Applications and Summary

The course is aimed at engineers involved in structural durability, including

fatigue life estimation, improvement, or validation testing.

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Why cracks are the ultimate stress concentration

Quantifying stress on a crack
Fast fracture and a cracks strength
Crack growth and various growth rules
Fatigue with measured strain gauge data
Fatigue with FEA stresses
Method comparison SN vs. EN vs. crack growth
Discussion of fatigue modelling and the 5-box trick


Fatigue under complicated stress states

Common methods for understanding multiaxial stresses