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Using Simulation to Improve Durability

Awareness Seminar on 21st May 2018 in Brno, Czech Republic

According to Battelle between 80-90% of all structural failures occur through a fatigue mechanism with a total cost of 4.4% GDP to the world’s economy
[From Comet to Dreamliner -a History of Aircraft Fatigue, posted on behalf of Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust]

Durability is defined as: “the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage.”

In many cases, fatigue failures occur suddenly with little prior warning and so it is important to design durable structures to resist fatigue failure.

All issues related to durability attract a lot of interest within the engineering simulation community. This seminar will be an informative and educational day covering the process and best practices for predicting and optimizing product durability and fatigue life.

Presentations from leading industrialists on current practical applications to improve durability, as well as future developments, the seminar will cover: 

  • How to use the results of your analyses to predict potential durability issues 

  • Using simulation to determine appropriate inspection regimes

  • Common fatigue analysis methods, including Stress-Life (SN), Strain-Life (EN), and crack growth

  • Physics of fatigue and the development of analysis methods

  • How to deal with material failures in relation to durability.

Fatigue has been cited as one of the major causes of in-service failure throughout engineering history. 


  • Gain insight into some of the challenging areas affecting fatigue design and assessment

  • Understand how modern tools can help address issues through the presentation 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 improving durability.

This awareness seminar aims to bring together practitioners and academics in all relevant disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences, to discuss problems and challenges, and to facilitate further improvements in durability for engineering applications.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers, who have problems with fatigue and life assessment

  • Design and Test Engineers responsible for product durability in the ground vehicle, aerospace and manufacturing industries interested in durability analysis

  • Technical Managers, who want to capture the latest advancements in the fatigue area

  • Researchers who are engaged in theoretical and experimental work on fatigue.

We are pleased to offer limited academic registration places, at the special discounted rate of €30, please contact to register.

Please note that seminar delegates have been offered access to the Science Exhibition from 09:00 until the start of the seminar, please feel free to enjoy the facilities.


09:30          Registration

10:00          Chairman's Introduction & Welcome
                    David Felhos, Chairman NAFEMS Eastern
                    Europe Steering  Committee & Paul Steward
                    NAFEMS Business Development Manager

                    KEYNOTE: Methods of Multiaxial Fatigue Strength Evaluation - Bridging
                    the Gap between Academia and
                    Engineering Domains
                    Jan Papuga, Czech Technical University in Prague

                    Effect of Small Surface Defects on Fatigue behaviour of Nodular Cast                          Iron
                    Márton Gróza, Knorr-Bremse

                    Fatigue of Welded Steel Joints
                    Marek Slováček, MECAS ESI s.r.o.

                    Fatigue Analysis of Plastic Assembly in Frequency Domain
                    Jan Steklý, IDIADA CZ a.s.                       

                    KEYNOTE: An Efficient Approach to Low-Cycle Thermo-mechanical                              Fatigue Calculation
                    Miroslav Španiel Czech Technical University in Prague

                    Numerical and Experimental Estimation of Dental Implant Durability
                    Marcin Wierszycki & Krzysztof Szajek, Budsoft

                    The Importance of Joint Stiffness and Boundary Conditions in an FE                            Model for Fatigue Analysis of a Suspension Component Subject to                                Constant Amplitude or Variable Amplitude Loading                                     
                    Robert Cawte, HBM Prenscia

                    Integration of FatigueAnalysis Tool into FE-Software
                    Petr Vymlátil, Designtec s.r.o.

                    Application of FEM to Problems of Durability of Plastic Pipes
                    Jan Poduška , Institute of Physics of Material 

                    Diagnostic, Simulation and Improvement of Durability of Repeatable
                    Cracking Industrial Cooler
                    Tobiasz Ziatkowski, Komes Ltd.

16:50          General Discussion & Closing Remarks

17:00          Seminar Close

The event and all presentations will be given in English language.

17:00         Optional Science Show - The Science Theatre offers a show full of 
                   entertaining experiments especially physics


Science Centre
Křížkovského 554/12
603 00 Brno
Contact: / 515 201 000


Please note registration invoices will be sent by email in due course and will include Czech Republic VAT of 21%.

Gold Sponsor


Advanced Engineering s.r.o.

KOMES Sp. z o.o.

Media Partner

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 if you would like more information.

tel: +44 (0)1355 225688