Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 01.11.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.