Fatigue Analysis and FEA

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Price: €1500
Registration Deadline: 15 July 2024
15hr Content/5 Live Sessions
30 Credits
Johannes Homan, MSc & Mart Heerschap, PhD

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

“Provides a comprehensive understanding of fatigue and analysis methods, giving engineers the tools to understand the fatigue performance of a structure.”

Virtual Instructor-led
100% online training

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5 x 3 hr Sessions
Spread over 3 weeks

PDH Hours qualified course

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About the course


   5 Live sessions

   Registration     Deadline         
15 July 2024


   Limited seats


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 fills the gap between textbook theory and fatigue calculations with design codes; teaching participants the fundamentals required to perform a technically sound fatigue analysis. Through knowing these fundamentals of fatigue, participants will be able to identify which factors are good and bad for fatigue, how to improve a design and how to calculate the fatigue life of a structure. In this course participants will learn about both analytical analysis for fatigue and how to use FEA (Finite Element Analysis) for a fatigue analysis.

The course consists of 5 online live sessions with the instructors. 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 should you need to refresh your knowledge.

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Meet your instructors

Instructor Johannes Homan, Msc.

Johannes Homan, Msc 

Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Specialist

Fatigue Expert, Material Developer & Expert

Instructor Mart Heerschap

Mart Heerschap

Director MG Technical Solutions bv.

Senior Consultant in FEA,  FEA Trainer   

Program & Details

  1. What is fatigue?

  2. Why is fatigue important?

  3. Fatigue mechanisms & phenomena

  1. Effect of material properties

  2. Impact of mean stresses and type of loading

  1. Stress concentrations

  2. Notch sensitivity

  3. Residual/internal stresses

  4. Fatigue properties of structures

  5. Surface conditions

  6. Environmental factors

  7. Identification of critical locations

  8. Exercises

  1. Load and stress spectra

  2. Cycle counting

  3. Damage accumulation

  1. Accuracy of the approach

  2. Material data

  3. Accounting for geometry

  4. Mean stress correction

  5. Examples

  1. Material data

  2. Accounting for the geometrical features

  3. Impact of stress gradients

  4. Examples

  1. Meshing for a fatigue analysis

  2. Element types, and impact on stress levels

  3. Dealing with singularities

  1. Non-linear analysis

  2. Post processing of results

  3. Verification 

  1. Difference between fatigue in welded and non-welded structures

  2. Analysis of a welded joint

  3. FEA analysis of a welded joint

  4. Example

  1. Multi-axial loading

  2. Multi-axial stresses

  3. Principal vs equivalent stresses


After this course, you...

  • have a solid fundamental understanding of the mechanism of fatigue, and know how to interpret fatigue calculation codes.

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

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

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

  • have a solid overview of how to use FEM optimally for fatigue design studies and fatigue life analysis. You will have seen the importance of selecting appropriate elements and performing an appropriate convergence study. 

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

  • Basic understanding of material behaviour

Level: Intermediate

This course consists of 5 instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations, discussions and worked cases. During each session, participants can ask questions to the instructor (through the chat or microphone) which will be answered in the session.  

Access to the course

After signing up for the course, EngineeringTrainer will be in touch shortly after the Registration Deadline to agree a training schedule that is possible for the participants and instructor. Payment will also be arranged at this stage after the Registration Deadline.

Once the training schedule is agreed, you will find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions in your EngineeringTrainer portal. 

Sessions are held using the software Microsoft Teams and a log-in link is provided for each session through the EngineeringTrainer portal. Live sessions can be joined using any device, including tablets and mobiles. 

There is a Registration procedure for this training course. Please click on the register button above to register.

Shortly after the Registration Deadline has passed EngineeringTrainer will be in touch to agree a training schedule which is possible for you, typically within 2 months of the Registration Deadline.

No payment is required until after the Registration Deadline. Payment will be arranged together with the schedule after the Registration Deadline.

Typically the course will be split across 5 sessions, an example is shown below, the final date and schedule of the training course will be determined together with the instructor and the participants after the Registration Deadline :

  • Session 1: 3hr

  • Session 2: 3hr

  • Session 3: 3hr

  • Session 4: 3hr

  • Session 5: 3hr

These sessions will include breaks at regular intervals 


A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

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This course consists of 5 instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

No, course content is not available for download.

The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided. 

Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions.

To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present. 

No software licenses are provided as part of this course.

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

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