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

15th November 2023 - 10:00-17:00 GMT


Date & Time

15th November 2023 - 10:00-17:00 GMT

Available on Demand?

Until 23rd November 2023





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
The first part of the course will cover an introduction to the theory behind the application of fracture mechanics principles for the analysis of fatigue crack propagation in bridge details. This will be discussed within the context of bridge management decision-making. An example of the application of fracture mechanics for maintenance planning will be carried out.

2. Advanced Finite Element Analysis for Fatigue Design and Assessment
This second part of the course will cover the utilisation of advanced finite element analysis for the purposes of analysing bridge details for the purposes of fatigue assessment. Recommendations for finite element modelling will be provided. The principles of the application of the hot-spot (HS) method and the theory of critical distances (TCD) for stress concentrations in bridge details will be presented. Examples will be given for welded and riveted connections.


Dr Boulent Imam is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Structures at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the University of Surrey and Programme Director for the MSc Programme in Bridge Engineering. He has been extensively involved in the area of fatigue of bridges, carrying out research in this area collaborating 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 taking into account historical rail traffic, novel fatigue assessment methods, loading, resistance and modelling uncertainties as well as system effects. Later on, Dr imam extended his work on fatigue towards developing 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 research has expanded towards understanding the potential impacts of climate change on bridge deterioration and quantifying the resilience of bridge infrastructure against extreme events.


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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