How Things Break: Fatigue (WEBINAR)

Course Number: F-4002WN
Credit: 4 CPD Hours*
* In all references to PDH: 1 PDH = 1 CPD Hour
Subject Matter Expert: Raymond M. Burynski, Jr.
Type: Live Interactive Webinar
Scheduled: Wednesday, June, 13, 2018, 12:00am - 4:10am A.E.S.T (UTC+10)
Price: AUD $300.00 $226.90   (Discount Ends:06/05/2018 at midnight)
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In How Things Break: Fatigue, you'll learn ...

  • The basic mechanisms of fatigue failure
  • The response of various materials to cyclic loading
  • How designers can estimate and reduce the effects of fatigue


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Fatigue occurs when a material experiences repeated applications of a relatively low stress. Designers have long been aware that materials can become “tired,” and as early as 1829 Wilhem Augustus Julius Albert performed the first metal fatigue experiments in response to failures at the Clausthal Mines.

To this day, fatigue remains one of the leading causes of in-service component failure. Since fatigue failures can occur without warning, proper design is critical.

It’s important to understand the difference between failure and fatigue, so that’s where we begin the webinar. After establishing that difference, we’ll explore four design philosophies that engineers use when planning for fatigue:

  • Infinite Life Design
  • Safe Life Design
  • Fail Safe Design
  • Damage Tolerant Design

This webinar presents an overview of the material fatigue phenomenon, along with the methods used by engineers to estimate component life under cyclic loading.

The study is brought to life with several case studies presented to illustrate the concepts.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Basic understanding of fatigue failure
  • Characteristics of various materials under cyclic loading
  • Visual indications of fatigue on fracture surfaces
  • Interpretation of S-N Curves
  • Influence of environment and geometry
  • Effect of manufacturing processes on component life
  • Calculation methods to estimate component life
  • Design tips to extend life of cyclically loaded components
  • Case studies of fatigue failures

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CPD Hours

Our webinars are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the following institutions: Engineers Australia (EA) in accordance with EA CPD Policy dated 19 February 2009; The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in accordance with ICE 3006A; The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) in accordance with IPENZ CPD Good Practice Gudelines dated November 2007. For other institutions, it is recommended you check the requirements from your specific registration board. Following successful completion of the webinar, we recommend that you print off the certificate for your records. This may need to be produced for audit purposes. A copy of the certificate will be maintained by and can be found within your "My Account" area.

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