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Fatigue Design and Fatigue Failure Analysis

Thursday, October 21, 2021
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Event Description

Fatigue strength and durability assessments require the analysis of two fundamental sets of information or data: the analysis of fatigue actions (loads) and fatigue resistance of analyzed objects.

Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Grzegorz (Greg) Glinka, D.Sc.
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mecatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

About the Event

Seminar Description

On the load side, the fatigue actions can be given in the form of forces acting on the component, nominal stress in the critical section, structural hot-spot stress at a weld toe, notch stress at the weld notch, or stress intensity at a crack tip. The exact knowledge of those various parameters is the greatest problem in the analysis and a source of many uncertainties. On the material resistance side, the properties may be given in the form the Wohler (S-N) curve or fatigue crack propagation material properties in the case of fracture mechanics assessments. The knowledge of working conditions and the fatigue resistance are essential for the successful fatigue design and assessment of welded and notched components. The workshop will consider both elements of typical fatigue assessment procedure. Assessment techniques such as the Nominal Stress (S-N), the Hot Spot Stress, and the Effective Notch Method will be covered in depth using real practical examples. Hot topics such as the cycle counting procedures, cumulative damage, and the use of the Finite Element method for the fatigue assessment will be discussed as well. The seminar will offer a forum for discussions of selected fatigue problems and case studies. It is an ideal add-on for those interested in expanding their understanding of the subject and design skills.

Almost everything required to design a component or structure is usually covered by published standards. However, design standards do not prescribe the “optimal” design solution and therefore designers are left with variety of design options. This seminar will provide a guideline on the use of some of the commonly used design standards and fatigue life prediction techniques with plenty of hands-on guidance for designers and fabricators. It will give an overview of key methods to improve fatigue performance at the design and fabrication stage. Methods to optimize fatigue performance and fabrication cost of welded joints will be discussed in the last session of the seminar, with demonstrations of software and reference to useful websites. Delegates are encouraged to bring along their fatigue problems to contribute to discussions and local case studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Basic concepts of the S-N methodology;
  • Stress quantities used for fatigue analysis of weldments (nominal stress, hot spot stress, stress concentration);
  • Analysis and definition of representative stress/loading history;
  • Fatigue damage analysis;
  • Design against fatigue failure; and
  • The use of fatigue computer programs.


Basic courses on mechanics of materials, stress analysis, and material science.

Target Audience

The seminar is particularly relevant to people involved in design, optimization, and fatigue assessment of steel structures and machinery components. Therefore, attendance is recommended for designers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, fabricators, welding engineers, quality control, maintenance and inspection personnel, university lecturers, students, and researchers.

The seminar might be useful to the following industry sectors: steel construction, infrastructure fabrication and maintenance, bridge building, transport industry, power generation, machinery, shipbuilding, maintenance and aviation industry, ground vehicles, and earth moving machinery.


Dr. Grzegorz (Greg) Glinka, DSc.

Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Dr. Glinka has been with the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada since 1989. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Iowa (USA) in 1978 and later he lectured at the University of Metz, France and at the University College London, England. He holds a PhD and DSc from the Warsaw University of Technology. He has also acted as an expert of the United Nations and visiting professor at The Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Glinka is a specialist in fracture and fatigue of steel structures and mechanical engineering machinery. His research interests include fracture of materials, fatigue of structures, multiaxial fatigue and creep of engineering materials, computer aided design, FEM-elastic-plastic stress-strain analysis and reliability. His recent research activities concern modeling of fatigue crack growth under random loading and fatigue optimization of welded structures. Dr. Glinka has published over 190 related articles in technical journals and textbooks.