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Quick Insights on Fatigue Life Assessment with FEM


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From set square and calculation assessment to Excel for fatigue and life cycle calculation using FEM: this training provides a clear and understandable introduction into fatigue life assessment. This training is offered as a 2-day course.

2 days

Basic knowledge of Ansys Mechanical

Software used
Ansys Mechanical

  • Applying methods supported by Excel Tools to calculation tasks
  • A quick introduction into fatigue strength with FEM
  • Independently carrying out strength verifications using FEM results
  • Increasing the capacity of existing components


Operational strength calculations are increasingly being performed following a finite element (FEM) calculation. This often leaves many questions unanswered. How fine should the FE mesh be? What elements should be used? How do you evaluate a stress gradient? What should you consider when constructing and evaluating a finite element model? How do you calculate an SN curve for your finite element model?

This training focuses on the fundamentals of fatigue life assessment and provides a clear and understandable presentation in simple language. You will receive concrete and directly applicable methods supported by Excel tools for an independently created operational strength verification based on finite element results. The theory is supplemented by practical exercises and sample solutions.

Are you an experienced computational engineer? Do you validate your components with regulations such as the FKM Guideline? Or are you a newcomer to structural mechanical simulation and fatigue life calculation? Then this course is just right for you!

Detailed agenda for this 2-day training

Day 1

01 FEM for fatigue strength

  • The requirements of FEM software from the perspective of fatigue strength
  • Practical tips for the application of FEM for fatigue strength
  • Demo: Use of FEM, analysis and validation of the results

02 Structural strength assessment

  • Stress types
  • Notch effect
  • Supporting effect
  • Over-elastic stresses
  • Component yield curves
  • Workshop: Analysis of a crane hook and its static protection

03 Fatigue strength assessment

  • Strength hypotheses and material behavior under multiaxial vibration loads
  • Fatigue strength verification
  • Fatigue strength diagram
  • Considering the statistical scatter of fatigue strength values
  • Principal impacts on vibration resistance
  • Workshop: Carrying out a fatigue strength verification of an FE model

04 S-N fatigue curves

  • Periodic vibration stress
  • Wöhler lines and Wöhler line diagrams
  • Computing Wöhler stress lines
  • Cyclical deformation behavior
  • Workshop: Calculating the Wöhler line for a shaft shoulder (as input for later FEM analysis)

Day 2

05 Variable amplitude loading

  • Basic statistical concepts
  • Classification method with two-parameter counting (rainflow counting)
  • Further processing of classified stress data
  • Extrapolating measured collectives

06 Damage accumulation and fatigue life estimation

  • Models for damage accumulation with vibrating loads (Miner rules)
  • Fatigue and durability lines
  • Damage accumulation with overset mechanical and thermal stresses
  • Considering statistical scatter in the fatigue and durability assessment and derivation of appropriate safety factors
  • Workshop: Calculating the fatigue and durability of a crane hook

07 Overview of advanced methods

  • Calculating weld seams
  • Low cycle fatigue in accordance with the strain concept
  • Approaches to evaluation of multiaxial loads
  • Guideline FKM
  • DIN 743

08 Realistic exercise example

  • Applying the notch root concept to constructions with nominal stresses and local elastic stresses (FEM)
  • Assessing component Wöhler lines
  • Fatigue strength verification to estimated dimensioning, DIN 734, and FKM 183 based on nominal and local elastic stresses (FEM)
  • Processing with load sequences for multilevel vibration loads (classification and extrapolation)
  • Operational strength with FEM with linear-elastic computation

Your Trainers

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Einbock
Florian Mailänder
Business Development Manager, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Stuttgart
Artur Bocian
Engineer, CADFEM UK Ltd

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What CADFEM customers are saying

 Alexander Pfitzer Development Engineer Structural Design, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA
Alexander Pfitzer
Development Engineer Structural Design, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

Dr. Einbock’s course offers a very comprehensive insight into the world of operational strength. He manages to put the complexity of the various guidelines into a comprehensible perspective and supplement it with a variety of practical tips and examples based on everyday professional life.

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