Mechanical Vibrations and Fatigue: Fundamental Issues, Adverse Effects, and Damage Control Strategies (0.6 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:

8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily (Except Webinars).


In industrial applications, vibrations of machines and structures tend to produce many adverse effects including excessive stresses, large deformations, and fatigue of materials that often leads to catastrophic failures. To resolve,
minimize or prevent such outcomes engineers must develop a consistent knowledge base at the interface of several technical fields: mechanical vibrations, materials engineering, structural analysis, and design. However, these subjects are usually segregated within typical engineering college programs, and sometimes even excluded from undergraduate course curricula. The present course is designed to bridge these gaps by providing interdisciplinary connections between several technical subjects that must be applied collectively in order to effectively analyze, design and predict the service life of engineering systems operating in dynamic environments.


The main objective of this course is to enhance and expand professional expertise of engineers, researchers, managers and technical personnel dealing with a broad range of technical issues that arise in industrial applications under the conditions of cyclic loads, pulsating pressures, impact forces, fluctuating temperatures, creep, corrosion and fatigue of materials.
Target Audience
This course is intended for mechanical, civil, industrial, materials, pipeline and reservoir engineers; technical consultants; designers; project managers; researchers; technicians; technologists; and other technical personnel.
After attending this course you will be able to:
  • Diagnose the causes of mechanical and structural failures in dynamic environments
  • Evaluate the effects of various design parameters on the vibration response of mechanical systems
  • Effectively analyze structural elements and machine components subjected to cyclic loads
  • Implement the most effective design strategies to avoid mechanical failures under cyclic loading conditions
  • Minimize the effects of material fatigue in various applications
  • Evaluate the potential for fatigue failure
  • Predict and extend the service life of mechanical systems.

Special Features

This course is unique since it:
  1. Provides interdisciplinary coverage of several engineering subjects
  2. Addresses issues of immediate practical significance
  3. Includes real-life examples as illustrations

Dr. Aleksandra Vinogradov, P.Eng.

Dr. Aleksandra Vinogradov, P.Eng., has extensive teaching, research and industrial experience in the fields of materials engineering, mechanical vibrations, structural analysis and design. Her research projects concerning polymers, composites, smart materials, fatigue, creep, and creep-fatigue interaction have been funded by leading US federal agencies such as NSF, NASA and DOE. Dr. Vinogradov is the author or co-author of over hundred publications including book chapters and technical articles. She has delivered invited speeches at international conferences, and provided consulting services to private industries. Dr. Vinogradov is a recipient of many prestigious honors and awards including the Best Paper Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the NASA Award of Recognition for Contribution to the US National Space Program. 
This course is composed of two self-contained modules. Module 1 deals with a broad range of topics in the field of mechanical vibrations, including modeling of mechanical systems, vibration analysis, design and vibration control. Real life vibration problems are used to illustrate the causes and effects of mechanical vibrations in industrial applications. Module 2 focuses on the effects of mechanical vibrations on the performance and durability of engineering materials. Various aspects of cyclic fatigue and service life prediction of metals, polymers and composites are discussed and illustrated by real life examples. The content of the course is as follows.
  • The causes of mechanical vibrations
  • Modeling of mechanical systems
  • Energy conservation principle
  • Resonance conditions
  • Damping
  • Effects of damping at resonance
  • Free and forced vibrations
  • Types of external forces causing vibrations
  • Sources and effects of mechanical vibrations
  • Vibration analysis
  • Design methodologies
  • Vibration control
  • Examples and applications
  • The fatigue phenomenon – A historical perspective
  • Fatigue characteristics
  • Examples of fatigue failure
  • Fatigue life
  • Low and high cycle fatigue
  • Fatigue failure mechanisms
  • Fatigue failure criteria
  • Static failure vs. fatigue failure of structural members
  • Factors affecting fatigue life
  • Interactive effects of fatigue and environmental conditions
  • Useful life prediction methodologies
  • Fatigue design
  • Estimation of fatigue strength
  • Improvement of fatigue performance
  • Examples and applications

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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

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CEUs Certificate

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