Introduction to Fatigue & Fracture Analysis


B.S. degree in engineering or engineering experience.


Day 1: Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics

  • Intro to Fatigue
  • Material Aspects of Fatigue
  • Major Variables Affecting Fatigue
  • High Temperature Considerations
  • Intro to Fracture Mechanics
  • Spectrum Loading
  • Fatigue Crack Growth
  • Damage Tolerance Approach
  • Risk Analysis

Day 2: Analysis Methods in Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics

  • Overview of Fatigue and Fracture Analysis Methods
  • Fatigue Crack Formation Analysis Using nCode
    - Workshop - Basic Fatigue Analysis in nCode
  • Including Additional Features in Fatigue Analysis
    - Complex loading, plasticity effects, material parameters, etc.
    - Workshop - More Complex Fatigue Analysis in nCode
  • Fracture Mechanics - Calculating Crack Tip Parameters
    - Brief Overview of Fracture Mechanics
    - Methods in ANSYS: Special Elements, J-Integral, VCCT
    - Workshop: Calculating KI in Workbench
  • Fatigue Crack Growth - Crack Modeled in nCode
    - Overview of Technique
    - Overview of nCode crack growth module
    - Workshop: nCode Crack Growth
  • Fatigue Crack Growth - Crack Modeled in FE Model
    - Overview of Technique
    - Workshop: Importing K vs a into nCode

General Information

Seminars begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. The seminar fee includes: course manuals, full color workshop manuals, & instruction. Coffee & donuts in the morning & lunch are provided for each student.  Students must make their own travel arrangements. CAE Associates recommends against purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. Please see our course cancellation policy for more details.