Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course, the student
- understands the material behaviour under cyclic loading and fatigue phenomenon.
- can identify main affecting factors and requirements for fatigue assessment.
- understands the main modelling principles and assumption used in common fatigue approaches.
- can apply selected fatigue approach for structural design.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 03.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Heikki Remes, Heikki Remes

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heikki Remes, Heikki Remes

Contact information for the course (valid 20.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Heikki Remes,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will start with an introduction of fatigue phenomenon and fatigue loading. The theory phase covers the modelling principles and it is followed by different modelling methods: stress and strain -based approaches and fracture mechanics. The analysis methods are applied to the practise thorough the fatigue assessment of the selected structural detail or component (Project work). Project works is performed trough weekly-based assignments. In addition, the course covers the basics of residual stress effect, fatigue of welds, multiaxial fatigue and statistical aspects.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is organized using online tools, e.g. Microsoft TEAMS. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments, project work and exam. Grading will be based on assignments&project work (50%) and exam (50%).

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Student should get half of maximum point for assignment, project work and exam in order to pass the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 24h
    Instructed exercises: 12h
    Assignments&project: 50h
    Studying materials: 40h
    Preparing for exams: 10h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mechanical Behaviour of Materials by Dowling N. E., Chapter 9-14 (or Metal Fatigue in Engineering by Stephens, R. I. et al.); Selected articles;

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kul-49.4350 Fatigue of Structures

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    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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