Structural Integrity Analysis (Fatigue & Fracture)

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Here's what they had to say:

"Both the presenters and the delivery of the course were excellent!"

"I gained a better understanding of the effects of material selection and the theoretical overview of Fracture & associated design codes. Both tutors were excellent in both depth of knowledge and presentation skills."

"Networking with colleagues from across the industry was an additional benefit I had not anticipated. I also met with key industry experts with a lot of practical knowledge."

About the Course

This course aims to provide a practical understanding of fatigue and fracture in components and structures and methods for assessing their structural integrity. Following a general introduction to fatigue and fracture, with examples of service failures, current and developing fatigue design and assessment methods will be described. The focus will be on joints, especially welds, the usual ‘weak link’ in most practical cases.

The course will go on to explain the importance of crack/flaw analysis in structural design and safety assessment and illuminate its wide range of applicability. It will give a deep understanding of the major results and criteria underpinning modern fracture mechanics, the assumptions behind them and important limitations. Attendees will gain a better understanding of material selection for fatigue and fracture resistance and learn about codified procedures for flaw evaluation.

The syllabus will include: Case studies of service fatigue and fracture failures; Fatigue of plain and notched metals; Fatigue of joints (welded and mechanical); Fatigue design methods and new developments; Significance of welding flaws and their fatigue assessment, including by fracture mechanics; Industrial applications, including offshore structures, ships and pressure vessels; Review of theory of elasticity, cleavage, stress concentration and stress intensity; Linear elastic fracture mechanics: Crack tip stress analysis, evaluation of stress intensity factor; Elasto-plastic fracture mechanics: the crack tip opening displacement, J integral; Failure assessment diagrams, crack tip constraint; micromechanics of fracture and BS 7910 flaw assessment procedure.

The course is intended for practicing engineers who work with mechanical design, mechanics and structures as well as those involved in testing and equipment fabrication. This is also useful to those engaged in ship and offshore structure design and maintenance.

Who should attend?

Engineers and scientists involved in the design, operation and assessment of both onshore and offshore structures and their associated equipment. Personnel from oil companies, consultancy organisations, classification societies and certifying authorities will benefit from attending this course.

Registration Cost

Professionals: £850 (pounds sterling) + VAT (only for UK)

Next course:

Date: 20-22 November 2017

Venue: TBC