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UK Workshops 2017

HBM Prenscia engineers will be traveling around the UK to offer technical workshops covering a variety of topics. The emphasis of this series is to provide attendees with a real-world understanding of key concepts. Each workshop will include 4 presentations over 2 days and include a mixture of theoretical background and hands-on examples. The workshops will provide an introduction to subject matter, as well as practical examples to apply knowledge and solve engineering problems.

All UK Workshops will be offered FREE of charge.

Workshop Dates and Locations

Bristol - 26th-27th September

Accelerated Fatigue Tests

Physical testing for durability can be a time-consuming and expensive exercise, often requiring long-term use of test equipment to simulate lifecycles. This workshop demonstrates methods of accelerating your durability tests to save time and money, whilst still being representative of real usage conditions.

This workshop uses nCode GlyphWorks & DesignLife for practical examples, and includes the following topics:


  • General refresher of fatigue methods, terms and concepts
  • Quantify damage content of signals in order to extract useful information
  • Reduce the duration of physical tests whilst meeting durability targets
  • Analyse vibration damage for different frequencies using the Fatigue Damage Spectrum (FDS)
  • Generate and verify test PSDs to accelerate shaker table test profiles (SRS & ERS method)
  • Optimise proving ground schedules to represent target customer usage



Fatigue Simulation Using FEA

The Fatigue Simulation using FEA will demonstrate how fatigue calculations and durability predictions can be performed using Finite Element stress/strain results. Real world issues are also considered, such as fatigue scatter and comparisons between FEA and test results.

This workshop uses nCode DesignLife for practical examples, and includes the following topics:

  • Fatigue methods, terms and concepts refresher.
  • Variety of fatigue analysis types from simple constant amplitude to complex multi-axial loading.
  • Fatigue analysis using linear, non-linear and dynamic structural responses from FEA.
  • Comparison and validation of simulation and test results.

Introduction to Reliability Engineering

The Introduction to Reliability Engineering session introduces the concept of “Reliability Engineering” to those with no prior knowledge. Reliability engineering expands the concept of Life Data Analysis and FMEA using statistical techniques to analyse and quantify component and system reliability. This information is used to monitor and improve designs, production processes and/or maintenance schedules; increasing the overall system reliability. 

  • Introduction to the statistical discipline of Reliability Engineering
  • Understand what “Life Data” is and how it can be used to quantify component reliability
  • Make more use of FMEA in order to improve your company processes
  • Appreciate how reliability can be applied during design, production and operation
  • Consider the reliability methods used by different industries



Modal Analysis & Structural Dynamics

All shapes and structures have natural frequencies that can be excited by vibrations, inducing a large amount of gain between the input force and the structural response. This workshop considers how to investigate and identify modal frequencies and damping ratios, as well as visualising the vibration patterns of a structure using operational deflection shapes.

This workshop uses nCode VibeSys for practical examples, and includes the following topics:


  • Introduction to the Frequency Response Function (FRF) including Gain, Phase, Coherence and Cross-Spectra
  • Analysing accelerometer data from rap-tests in order to determine natural frequencies
  • Enhance FE modelling by providing accurate damping ratios from Experimental Modal Analysis
  • Validate FE results by comparing modal frequencies with the Operational Deflection Shapes (ODS) from experimental testing, and by visualising the mode shapes



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Workshop Address


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North
Woodlands Lane
Bradley Stoke
BS32 4JF

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