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Current Best Practices in Fatigue Analysis using FEA

Fatigue is a major cause of failure in many sectors of industry and the results can be catastrophic and often unexpected.  The fact that it has remained so for over a hundred years is arguably indicative of it being a phenomenon that is challenging to design against and perhaps not as well understood by engineers and designers as it should be. It is certainly sensitive to a wide range of variables and tends to use high strength materials in more demanding environments and even then, does not always provide the expected results. 

The use of new materials can introduce new challenges in general, as data on fatigue and the effects of pertinent variables can also be scarce and expensive to produce.This seminar provides insight into some of the issues that make fatigue such a challenge and examines the state-of-the-art tools available for fatigue design and life assessment.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers, who have problems with fatigue and life assessment
  • Technical Managers, who want to capture the latest advancements in the fatigue area
  • Researchers who are engaged in theoretical and experimental work on fatigue


Attendance at the seminar will enable delegates to:

  • Gain insight into some of the challenging areas affecting fatigue design and assessment
  • Understand how modern tools can help address issues through the presentations of case studies
  • Interact with subject matter experts from industry, academia and various software vendors
  • Provide an opportunity to network with other delegates and share knowledge and experience in fatigue modelling and assessment.


Confirmed presentations so far include ...

09:30  Coffee & Registration

10:00  Welcome and Introduction: Some Observations on the Fatigue Challenges of
            Dissimilar Material Joints
            Jim Wood, University of Strathclyde

            The Use of FEA in Fatigue Design using BS7608
            Simon Smith, TWI

            The Verity Method for Fatigue Analysis of Welded Joints
            John Draper, FE-Safe

            Notch Corrections in Local Strain-Based Fatigue Analysis - Approximate
            Methods For Estimating  Elastic-Plastic Strain and Stress Histories
            from Elastic Finite Element Analyses
            Peter Heyes & Andrew Halfpenny, HBM nCode

            The Use of Fracture Mechanics for Fatigue Life Assessment
            Ramesh Chandwani, Zentech International Ltd.

            A Case Study of Fatigue Optimisation using Fourier Series Shape
            Andrew Main, MSC.Software

            Aluminium BIW High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) Fatigue Capability Growth
            Andrew Blows, Jaguar Land Rover

             Discussion and Closing Remarks

16:30  Close


The Imperial College London
Lecture Theatre 2
Blackett Building
Exhibition Road
Tel +44 (0)20 7589 5111  


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Event Type: Seminar
Location: London UK
Date: September 16, 2014

Exhibition Opportunities

There is an opportunity available for your company to exhibit at the seminar, giving you maximum exposure to a highly targeted audience of delegates, who are all directly involved in simulation, analysis, and design.

Please contact Jo Davenport at NAFEMS tel: +44 (0)1355 225688 email: if you would like more information