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Advanced Methods for Fatigue Analysis of Bridges
Advanced Methods for Fatigue Analysis of Bridges



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This virtual course will be split into two parts and include a 1 hour lunch break in the middle..

1. Introduction to fracture mechanics analysis for fatigue cracks
* Analysis of fatigue crack propagation in bridge details
* The application of fracture mechanics for maintenance planning

2. Advanced Finite Element Analysis for Fatigue Design and Assessment
* Recommendations for finite element modelling
* Application of the hot-spot (HS) method
* Theory of critical distances (TCD) for stress concentrations
* Examples for welded and riveted connections


Dr Boulent Imam is an Associate Professor (Reader) at the School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey and Programme Director for the MSc Programmes in Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Engineering and Management.

His main area of expertise is the whole-life performance assessment of bridges. He has extensively researched in the area of fatigue of bridges with collaborations with national and European infrastructure owners and managers, such as Network Rail, Highways England, TWI. His research has contributed towards in-depth understanding of the fatigue behaviour of riveted railway bridges and developed methods for more reliable quantification of their remaining fatigue life including detailed historical rail traffic models, novel numerical fatigue assessment methods, probabilistic modelling and reliability assessment. Dr Imam’s work on fatigue also encompasses the development of fracture mechanics guidelines for the assessment of fatigue crack growth in steel bridge details towards the optimisation of inspection and maintenance planning in steel bridges.

Recently, Dr Imam’s research has expanded towards assessing the potential impacts of climate change on bridge deterioration and quantifying the resilience of bridge infrastructure against extreme events, including bridge scour and flooding. He has served as a member of prestigious international committees (IABSE, IABMAS) and within the editorial board of high-profile journals. He has delivered Keynote lectures and has participated in scientific committees of major international conferences.


Boulent Imam




Attendance certificates are available on request after the completion of the webinar.


The format of this event will be a webinar using "Zoom Webinars".


The cost of registering for this webinar will be £240+VAT​.

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The topic was excellently delivered, and it was greatly organised.

I find many training courses either pitched too low (telling me what I know) or too high (assuming I know things that I don't). This was pitched very well for me; I hope it was likewise for other delegates.

Helped me gain a better understanding of the approach to design and assess fatigue in bridges and the background to the information to the relevant standards.

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