Essentials of Metal Fatigue
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3hr 45min

Johannes Homan, MSc

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Course Objective

"To show, with a focus on the underlying theory, the essentials of the fatigue failure mechanism from what impacts the fatigue life to how it can be prevented by good design." 

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About the course


   5 modules

   3 hrs 45 mins


   1yr access


Did you know that the number of structural failures due to fatigue is far larger than due to static overload? Managing and preventing problems due to metal fatigue should be considered as 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 teach the essentials of metal fatigue. The first modules explain about the fatigue mechanism, explaining the steps in crack growth before showing the effect of factors such as loading type, mean stress and material. In practice fatigue failure occurs at stress concentrations and the next modules explain these and their effect on component fatigue life. The course concludes by explaining design steps to be taken and practical examples of good and bad design practice. Throughout the course the focus is to teach what is the underlying theory to expand engineers knowledge beyond the S-N curves seen in design codes.

The course consists of 3hr 45mins online modules based on video content together with exercises to reinforce your learning. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account.

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

Please note, the course "Comprehensive Guide to Fatigue" is also offered in our portfolio. Modules 1 to 5 of the "Comprehensive Guide to Fatigue" are the same as the content in this "Essentials of Metal Fatigue" course.

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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

  1. What is fatigue?

  2. Why is fatigue important?

  3. Fatigue mechanisms & phenomena

  1. Effect of materials

  2. Effect of mean stresses

  3. Effect of component size

  4. Type of loading

  1. Stress concentrations

  2. Fatigue limit for structures

  3. S-N curves for structures

  1. Introduction to fatigue life analysis

  2. Fatigue predictions using nominal stresses

  3. Examples

  4. Safety factors

  1. Designing against fatigue

  2. Do's and Dont's 

  1. Summary

  2. Assignment

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate


After this course, you...

  • have seen in depth the steps in the fatigue mechanism, from crack initiation and crack growth, to fatigue failure.

  • are familiar with an S-N curve, and the impact of different factors such as loading type, component size and material strength on the fatigue life.

  • understand how stress concentrations factors can be calculated and used to determine the effect of notches and other geometric features on the fatigue life.

  • can calculate the fatigue life for a component under different loading conditions and the impact of safety factors.

  • will have seen the underlying experimental tests and theory which forms the basis of the fatigue design S-N curves and stress concentration factors.

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 and exercises. 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 5 modules with a total of 3 hrs 45 mins 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,

  • Quizzes and an assignment to reinforce knowledge

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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