Fatigue and Fracture Analysis Course

This course is led by experienced practitioners and is designed to provide a review of the fatigue and fracture problems observed in ships.

Fatigue and Fracture Analysis of Marine Structures Course Overview

Objectives and Benefits

This course is designed to provide a review of the fatigue and fracture problems observed in ships and to show how these issues can be addressed from a procedural and regulatory perspective. The course offers an introduction to material characterization for in-service condition assessment, along with an explanation of the quantitative procedures for assessing fatigue and fracture performance. The concepts discussed here can be used at the design stage as well as in service to select materials and size scantlings to make maintenance and inspection decisions, and to assess life extension.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer to participate in an interactive workshop for a practical application of the concepts and procedures discussed in the course.


The course is led by experts in structural integrity, naval architecture, shared technologies and materials.


  • Historical and current experience
  • Sea load components and structural response estimation
  • Characterization of variable amplitude cyclic loads
  • Global and local stress analysis
  • Fatigue design curve approaches and limitations
  • Fatigue and fracture mechanics concepts
  • Damage tolerance/fitness-for-purpose analysis
  • Effect of environment on fatigue performance
  • Residual stresses in fatigue and fracture analysis
  • Impact of fabrication/construction tolerances
  • Difference in performance of aluminium and steel
  • Interactive examples and exercises