Comprehensive Guide to Fatigue
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14 modules
Johannes Homan, MSc

Format: On-demand

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Course Objective

"Provides a comprehensive overview of fatigue mechanics for engineers, and the knowledge and tools to help engineers design against fatigue failure." 

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About the course


   14 modules

   13 hours


   1yr access


Did you know that the number of structural failures due to fatigue is much larger than due to static overload? Managing and preventing problems due to metal fatigue should be considered a key capability of a structural engineer. Safe operation of your structural asset is important to you, you want to avoid your structure collapsing.

This course will give you a detailed overview of fatigue; practical advice and guidelines are given, and justified based on the theoretical background. After this course you will know exactly what fatigue is, what loads are causing fatigue, how you can control fatigue, how you can improve your design and which factors are good and bad for fatigue. With this knowledge you can determine a safe fatigue life for your structure.

The course consists of 14 online modules based on video lectures. Participants also gain access to a technical archive of fatigue related articles by the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account.

After the course you have unlimited access to the course for 1-year, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge for your projects.

Questions? Contact us

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Meet your instructor

Johannes Homan, MSc

Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Specialist

Fatigue Expert, Material Developer

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructor

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  1. What is fatigue?

  2. Why is fatigue important?

  3. Fatigue mechanisms & phenomena

Samples of two modules are available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

  1. Effect of materials

  2. Effect of mean stresses

  3. Type of loading

Samples of two modules are available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

  1. Stress concentrations

  2. Notch sensitivity factor

  1. Introduction

  2. Fatigue predictions using nominal stresses

  3. Examples

  4. Safety Factors

  1. Fatigue prediction using local stresses

  2. Examples

  3. Fatigue prediction using FEA

  1. Design process

  2. Accuracy of fatigue analyses

  3. Practical examples of good and bad design

  1. Fatigue of welded joints

  2. Fatigue analyses for welded joints

  3. Bolts loaded in tension

  4. Bolts & rivets loaded in shear

  1. Load spectra

  2. Cycle counting

  3. Damage accumulation

  1. Residual stresses

  2. Surface conditions

  1. Effect of temperature

  2. Corrosion & stress corrosion cracking (SSC)

  3. Corrosion fatigue

  4. Fretting

  1. Stress Intensity Factors

  2. Crack growth under constant amplitude loading

  3. Crack growth under spectrum loading

  4. Residual strength

  5. Crack growth and residual strength analysis

  1. Experimental approach

  2. Coupon testing through to full scale testing

  3. Quantification of scatter

  4. Scatter factors and coupling with safety factors

  1. Multi-axial stress states

  2. Fatigue mechanism under multi-axial stress state

  3. Proportional and non-proportional multi-axial stress states

  1. Maintenance policies in relation to fatigue

  2. Reactive and preventive maintenance

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you...

  • have a fundamental understanding of high cycle fatigue, and how to interpret the fatigue calculation methods in industry standard codes.

  • know how to identify fatigue critical locations, and are familiar with the analysis methods (both analytical and FEA) to predict the fatigue life.

  • understand the limitations of fatigue life analysis and the effect of scatter.

  • have seen how fatigue behaviour is impacted by the mean stress, the surface condition and surface treatment.

  • understand how fatigue behaviour is impacted by the environment, such as temperature and corrosion.

  • have seen the concepts for damage accumulation and combined fatigue loading.

  • understand how to test structural components for fatigue.

  • know the crack growth mechanism and can calculate the residual strength.

Who should attend this course

  • Those involved in structural design or reviewing designs;

    • Stress engineers

    • Structural designers

    • Test engineers

    • Lead engineers

    • Engineering managers


  • An understanding of loads and stresses

  • A basic understanding of material behaviour

Level: Intermediate

Access to the course. 
After your purchase is confirmed it will be activated to your account on the EngineeringTrainer learning portal. Here you will find the course in your dashboard and you will be guided step-by-step through the different course modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

Learn by doing.
The course is based on video content with video lectures given by the instructor. The videos can be viewed as many times as desired and these video lectures will help you to grasp the important technical concepts.

This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 14 modules with a total of 13 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to participants if they finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to all modules, should you wish to refresh your knowledge.

Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • have completed each module of the course,

  • fill in the Course Evaluation Survey.

Example Certificate:

Example Certificate


  • Video lectures,

  • Technical archive of articles from the instructor

The training videos are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course, which allows you to watch content again.

No, it is not possible to ask questions to the trainer. It is possible to submit comments and ideas for new topics and modules.

No technical software is required for participants of this course.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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