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Structural, civil, maintenance, pipeline, materials, welding, inspection and plant engineers including those responsible for maintaining welded equipment and structures, managing the integrity of ageing structures and optimising asset performance.

Key features of the course:

  • Introduces the concepts of fitness-for-purpose and engineering critical assessment (ECA), using a mixture of lectures, informal discussion, quizzes, videos and software exercises to reinforce learning
  • Focuses on the practical applications of fracture mechanics and covers brittle and ductile fracture, plastic collapse, fatigue crack growth and stress corrosion cracking
  • Highlights fracture and fatigue procedures in BS 7910, with an emphasis on how they are applied to welded structures
  • Covers a range of relevant subjects related to BS 7910, e.g. failure case studies, non-destructive testing (inspection), materials properties, fracture toughness testing
  • Provides practical training in fracture and fatigue assessments using CrackWISE software
  • Provides engineers with a firm foundation in the application of BS 7910 to the assessment of flaws using fitness-for-purpose methods

Delivery of the course will be via Zoom, with six sessions spread over two weeks. IMPORTANT NOTE: The sessions are on weekdays only.

Timings (UK time) will be as follows:

April-May 0900-1230

November 1300-1630


What will I learn?

Schedule to be confirmed.

Failure case studies:

  • Examples of engineering failures¬†
  • Contributing factors and lessons learnt, especially with respect to welded structures

Fitness-for-purpose methods:

  • Concept of fitness-for-purpose methods and engineering critical assessment (ECA)
  • Key factors affecting structural integrity

Fracture mechanics theory:

  • Main principles of fracture (for driving force and fracture toughness): K, CTOD, J
  • Linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (LEFM and EPFM)

Non-Destructive testing (inspection):

  • Role of NDT in ECA
  • Capabilities of major NDT methods

Materials issues:

  • Awareness of flaw types including fabrication and service flaws
  • Materials/service issues and their effects on fracture toughness

Introduction to BS 7910:

  • Background and definitions relating the day's sessions on input data to the terminology (flaw types and stress categorisation)

Fracture mechanics testing:

  • Testing (especially welds) including preparation and post-test analysis

Fracture assessment using the Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) approach:

  • Definition, main parameters, primary and secondary stresses, local and global collapse
  • Main features and input data to FAD assessments

Fatigue of welded structures:

  • Fatigue design of welded joints
  • Factors which affect the fatigue of welds

Comparison of fracture assessment Options (1-3):

  • Material-specific FADs
  • Fracture toughness R-curves

Fatigue assessment procedures in BS 7910:

  • Fracture mechanics based calculations of fatigue crack growth
  • Fatigue quiz

Annexes of BS 7910 Part 1:

  • BS 7910 annexes - content and use
  • Recent developments in BS 7910

Other assessment procedures:

  • Links to other flaw assessment procedures (including FITNET and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1)

Annexes of BS 7910 Part 2:

  • BS 7910 annexes - content and use
  • Recent developments in BS 7910

What else should I know?

Online course:

  • Delivery of the course will be via Zoom, from 0900-1230 on six mornings spread over two weeks. IMPORTANT NOTE: The sessions are weekday mornings only.
  • This course is given by specialists highly experienced in the development of BS 7910 and in the practical application of fitness-for-purpose methods to a wide range of applications including pressure vessels, pipelines, offshore structures, vehicles, bridges and buildings
  • Participants receive a full set of course notes and a Certificate of Attendance (both in pdf form)
  • Temporary CrackWISE licenses are provided to participants to allow them to install and use the software immediately before, during and after the training course


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