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Fundamentals of Fatigue Analysis C1875

Fatigue is a structural failure mode that must be recognized and understood in order to develop products that meet life cycle durability requirements. Fatigue strength is an important design requirement in any new vehicle, particularly in the age of lightweighting as engineers struggle to meet stringent weight requirements without adversely impacting durability. This technical concept course provides an introduction to the fatigue failure mode and analysis methods. Attendees will learn about the physics of material fatigue, including damage accumulation which over time may progress to product failure. Attendees will also learn about fatigue analysis methods such as stress-life (SN), strain-life (EN), and crack growth, investigating the assumptions and applicability of each. This course includes example problems which are solved by hand calculation, exploring and reinforcing key concepts. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of these concepts and methods so attendees are prepared to put this knowledge into action. This course is popular with both experienced analysis engineers and with engineers transitioning into a durability or analysis role as it provides the needed foundation to develop effective fatigue prediction capabilities.

Student computers are not required but may be useful for note taking.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Describe fatigue as a failure mode
  • Compare fatigue analysis methods such as stress-life (SN), strain-life (EN) and crack growth
  • Define procedures and assumptions for applying these methods to strain gage- and CAE-based fatigue calculations
  • Articulate what’s going on inside fatigue analyses
  • Apply these concepts to reduce fatigue and improve product durability

Who Should Attend
This course has been developed for engineers involved in design and development of structural parts - engineers involved in structural durability, including fatigue life prediction, improvement or validation testing. As the course is conceptual in nature, it is suitable for both analysis engineers and the broader engineering community. Engineering analysts will learn more about the durability-related tasks for which they are responsible. Product engineers and managers will learn key points about the durability concepts and analyses they need to understand in order to meet product durability requirements.

Participants should be engineers familiar with material behavior and general structural mechanics.
  • Fatigue as a structural failure mode
    • The definition and background of fatigue
  • Cyclic loading and material response
    • Structural failure mechanisms
    • Micro- and macro-structural material response
  • Common fatigue analysis methods
    • Crack initiation and crack growth
    • Common methods of assessing durability
      • Hands-on: paper clip fatigue
  • Stress-Life approach – SN
    • Concepts of high cycle fatigue and endurance limits
      • Hands-on: Design stress
    • Material fatigue properties and their measurement
      • Hands-on: SN analysis with mean stress
    • Palmgren-Miner’s Rule for damage accumulation
      • Hands-on: Fatigue of an industrial press
  • Strain-Life approach – EN
    • Concepts of high and low cycle fatigue
    • Material fatigue properties and their measurement
    • Localized yield and Neuber elastic-plastic corrections
    • Stress concentrations
    • Rainflow cycle counting
      • Hands-on: rainflow cycle counting
  • Fatigue and multiaxial stresses
    • Fatigue damage accumulation under complex stress states
    • Methods for predicting fatigue under multiaxial stresses
  • Fracture mechanics and crack growth
    • Linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM)
    • Assessing stressed cracked structures
    • Fast fracture and crack growth analysis
      • Hands-on: Fatigue and fracture of an aluminum wheel
  • Fatigue of welds
    • Weld vs. parent metal performance
    • Methods for predicted weld fatigue life
      • Hands-on: Fatigue of a welded oil riser
  • The role of temperature in fatigue
    • Changes to material behavior at high temperature
    • Methods for assessing durability under cyclic and thermal loading
  • Fatigue of composites and anisotropic materials
    • Characterizing strength and stiffness of short- and long-fiber materials
    • Methods for predicted fatigue life of composite materials
  • Practical applicability and summary
    • Fatigue with measured strain gauge data
    • Fatigue with FEA stresses
Kurt Munson

Kurt Munson is the engineering manager at HBM Prenscia where he oversees software technical support, training, and engineering services in the fields of durability and reliability. He has 20 years’ hands-on experience in road load data collection, structural testing, and analysis, specializing in durability, fatigue, and vibration. He has a keen interest in the practical side of technical concepts and has been educating engineers on vibration and fatigue for 20 years. Kurt’s instructional goal is to communicate complicated technical concepts in a way that makes even less technical engineers more effective in creating durable, reliable products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

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Fees: $1415.00
SAE Members: $1132.00 - $1274.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 2 Days
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