Theory and practical fatigue analysis using CAEFatigue



This course will show that the basic principles of fatigue life estimation are relatively straightforward and certainly within the role of typical stress, dynamics and FEA design engineers. The course will focus on both time domain and frequency domain fatigue and will bring together structural dynamics, FEA and fatigue analysis in order to show how systems with dynamic (resonant) response can be assessed for fatigue life. The style of the course will be to present the basic techniques required to perform FEA based fatigue life calculations in such a way that even engineers with no prior knowledge of fatigue life estimation methods can confidently apply the techniques.

Throughout the course relevant examples will be used as a means of demonstrating the theoretical methods.


  • Introduction to Fatigue
  • Linking Fatigue to FE
  • FE & Dynamics
  • Stress life and strain life approach in fatigue
  • Materials and loading considerations in fatigue
  • Post processing results in fatigue
  • Introduction to the CAEfatigue software
  • Time Domain Applications
  • Time versus frequency domain fatigue application
  • Simple introduction to damage computation in the frequency domain (From PSD to RCC to Damage)
  • Simple shaker table to multiple input loading
  • Including deterministic loading with random loading
    • Interoperability of CAEfatigue with other Hexagon products
    • Robust Design application Monte Carlo sensitivity study by varying parameters


Basic knowledge of structural analysis and dynamic analysis.


Instructor-led online:



2 days


£900+VAT(Hexagon office)/£600+VAT(online)


Tel: +44 (0)1276 903120