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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 provided 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.


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

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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 Optimisation
Andrew Main, MSC.Software

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


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