Fatigue & Durability Day

Date: 28th April 2016
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Dassault Systemes, Riley Court, Milburn Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7HP
Cost: Free to attend
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What is the Fatigue & Durability day?

This free one day seminar is aimed at covering the problems that can be solved using durability analysis software for FEA models and will explain to attendees how to develop a design process for durability. Specifically, this is an introduction and insight for those new to fatigue or considering fatigue software and additionally new fe-safe users/ SIMULIA Extended token users who have access to fe-safe but haven’t used it yet.

The day introduces attendees to the "how", "what" and "why" behind modern metal fatigue analysis. It begins by looking at the reasons why accurately predicting the fatigue life of your components is so important and the theoretical concepts behind fatigue. Interesting industrial examples are used to show what types of analyses can be done using fe-safe and what the technical and commercial benefits are of conducting fatigue analysis.

In the afternoon, an introduction to fatigue loading and overview of essential tools for load measurements using True-Load are provided. This is followed by a software demonstration showing how to set up an analysis in fe-safe.

The day ends by looking at a full workflow example showing how fe-safe fits into the SIMULIA software portfolio. By using fe-safe alongside Abaqus, Isight and Tosca, product designs can truly be optimised for durability.



Why Attend?


Take a live look with the experts at fe-safe software and understand the business benefits.


Experience live product demos from expert engineers.


Listen to industry experts 


Take the opportunity to network with likeminded, leading individuals from every industry.


Who Should Attend?

Engineers, designers, FE analysts who are new to fatigue or considering fatigue software with their FE tools;  new fe-safe Users/ SIMULIA Extended token users who have access to fe-safe but haven’t used it yet.


Topics covered

  • Modern metal fatigue methods
  • S-N and strain-life
  • Strain-based fatigue
  • PSD Based fatigue
  • Theory of critical distances



  • Fatigue in cast iron
  • Multiaxial fatigue
  • Thermo- mechanical fatigue
  • Vibration fatigue
  • Fatigue of welded joints
  • Crack initiation and propagation





10:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:45

14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 16:00

Introduction to fatigue analysis using finite element analysis and fe-safe. Fatigue theory: Stress based & strain based fatigue, multiaxial fatigue
Coffee Break
Industry examples
Fatigue Loadings and how to define them
Overview and demonstration of True-Load as unique tools for easier and more accurate load measurements
Live ‘quick start’ demo of fe-safe: GUI, materials database & loadings
Coffee Break
Power of the Portfolio: Workflow example 




Dr Pawel Sobczak is Senior Technical Manager, fe-safe.
Pawel is located in Sheffield, UK and is responsible for product support, customer services and training for customers worldwide. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Nottingham Trent University, UK in 2003. Dr Sobczak’s previous roles include post-graduate investigative research into biomechanics of spinal implants and in the development and support of commercial software. He has extensive knowledge of fe-safe and its practical application. He is experienced in using ANSYS® and Abaqus® for static non-linear stress and strain simulations, using both interactive GUI and scripting.

Tim Hunter, Ph.D., P.E., President, Wolf Star Technologies, LLC
Tim is the founder of Wolf Star Technologies, an engineering consulting and software development firm which concentrates on the efficient usage of FEA and Test Data on engineering problems. Tim brings 30 years of product development experience to his client's projects and innovative software. Tim obtained most of his product development experience at Harley-Davidson where he was Chief Engineer prior to launching Wolf Star Technologies. Linear Dynamics applications in Tim’s career has led him to develop the True-LDE (Linear Dynamic Events) plugin for Abaqus.
Tim earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from UW-Milwaukee.