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nCode 10 Webinar Series

GPS Visualization & Processing

GPS data can tell you a lot more than just where your hotel is when you’re lost! Engineers can use GPS data to learn about vehicle performance and durability.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the powerful GPS display and analysis capabilities available inside nCode GlyphWorks software. We’ll explore how time-synced GPS and channel data allow better understanding of what happens in the real world – and where it happened. We’ll also look at new GPS analysis capabilities - like calculating road gradient, vehicle acceleration, and power – and gain insight of customer usage from simple GPS measurements.

Originally presented on March 26, 2014

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Fatigue Curves & Material Datasets

It can be technically challenging to simulate fatigue failure, but it's impossible to get accurate fatigue life calculations without specific and reliable materials data. Fatigue life prediction methods used in industry are often empirically derived from performing laboratory tests at different load levels, resulting in expensive material tests. nCode 10 introduces a new Premium Materials Database with 72 materials datasets derived at its own ISO 9001 certified Advanced Materials Characterization facility.

This webinar provides an overview of how fatigue curves are defined and how to use them, and also the new Premium Materials Database introduced at nCode 10.

Originally presented on April 9, 2014

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Time Frequency Analysis

nCode GlyphWorks is a powerful data processing system for engineering test data analysis. Unique capabilities include the analysis of signals in Time or Frequency domains.

Time domain is traditionally preferred for transient signals whereas frequency domain is typically applicable to steady state processes. Joint Time Frequency analysis is a way to combine both the time domain and frequency domain information into one plot, referred to as a spectrogram or waterfall.

This webinar will cover several applications of Time Frequency analysis, mostly related to rotating machinery. It will also emphasis on the new features in nCode v10.0 to do with Time Frequency analysis.

Originally presented on April 16, 2014

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nCode Experts Top 10 series

10 Common Mistakes in Fatigue Analysis

Durability prediction is a common task for engineers – but how do you make sure you’re doing it right? In this webinar, we’ll look at ways to improve your fatigue analysis by exposing common mistakes and showing simple ways to improve your process.

Originally presented on: February 26, 2014

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10 Ways To Avoid Wasting Time on Durability Testing

Are you running the right durability test? Does your testing take too long? Validation testing is an important part of product development, but it can be expensive, slow, or downright useless if you’re not careful. In this webinar, we’ll look at ways to improve your testing by making sure you’re running the right test.

Originally presented on: March 19, 2014

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10 Ways To Perform Faster Fatigue Analysis

Does your fatigue analysis take too long – because of FE model size, or too much stress history data? In this webinar, we’ll look at ways to speed up your durability calculation while retaining all the powerful analysis capabilities you need.

Originally presented on: April 30, 2014

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nCode Automation

Overwhelmed by Data? Solutions for Making Key Decisions from your Test Data

Engineers are often overloaded with data and can waste much time looking for the data they require. Timely storage, retrieval, and usage of that data often limits the ability to get the right information to the right person, causing costly delays and/or wrong decisions to be made. All too commonly, the location and meaning of the data is really known only by the test engineer who measured it. Data from expensive physical tests can rapidly become worthless, and in some cases, complete tests may have to be repeated.

One part of the solution is to enable collaboration between the design, analysis, and test departments; another is to use web-based technology to automate data analysis efficiently. This webinar will highlight how large amounts of data are handled efficiently in nCode Automation, a collaborative, web-based environment for automated analysis and test data management.

Originally presented November 12, 2013

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Test Data Warehousing for Aerospace Applications

Especially suited for applications where large amounts of data are generated, nCode Automation is a private-cloud based solution that provides direct access to streamline test data acquisition, monitoring data and analysis. It’s an online system designed to automate data analysis and provide summary information, trends, and reports all while managing data upload and user rights.

Key information is delivered through interactive reports and email notifications which can be triggered based on pre-defined performance indicators extracted from the data. Applications include managing data from long-term structural tests and operational loads monitoring programs on airframes.

Specific case studies will be presented including Lockheed Martin F-35 static and durability testing.

Originally Presented: December 06, 2012

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Managing data from fleets of test vehicles using nCode Automation

Increased demand for real-world data means greater use of fleets of test vehicles. This webinar shows how nCode Automation provides an off-the-shelf solution for managing and more importantly converting all this engineering data into useful information.

Originally presented: November 15, 2011

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Maximizing the Value of Test & CAE data using nCode Automation PE

How much time do you spend looking for the right data?
How do you organize and find the results from many finite element simulations?

nCode Automation PE provides the ability to index, search and analyze large amounts of test and CAE data. This webinar shows the latest time-saving capabilities of nCode Automation PE such as the ability to search finite element models used in nCode DesignLife fatigue analysis.

Originally presented: July 22, 2010

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Introduction to nCode Automation Personal Edition

This webinar gives an introduction to a new product, nCode Automation Personal Edition (PE) – and shows with live examples how the ability of Automation PE to manage and find data is an ideal add-on product to GlyphWorks.

nCode Automation PE takes the power of nCode Automation with its search and data warehousing capabilities and applies it to local data on a laptop or shared drive. nCode Automation PE increases the productivity of the individual user – making it possible to quickly find, organize, and analyze data that is directly accessible from your computer.

Originally presented: March 4, 2010

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Automated Test Data Analysis for Aerospace

nCode Automation is our solution for streamlining test data acquisition, monitoring data and analysis. It's an web-based system designed to automate data analysis and provide summary information, trends, and reports all while managing the data upload and user access.

Applications include flight testing, structural testing, and performance monitoring.

This 45-minute webinar will highlight features & benefits as well as customer applications.

Originally presented: May 28, 2009

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Automated Test Data Analysis for Automotive

nCode Automation is our solution for streamlining test data acquisition, monitoring data and analysis. It's an on-line system designed to automate data analysis and provide summary information, trends, and reports all while managing the data upload and user access.

Applications include road load testing, lab testing, and customer usage profiling.

Originally presented: May 21, 2009

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Fatigue Analysis - General Topics

Important Factors in Material Fatigue Testing

Component durability is directly influenced by how the properties of a material will respond to loading. The accuracy of any damage calculation is dependent on the quality of the input data. At times we have no option, but to have our material tested to obtain the required material fatigue parameters.

This webinar takes a closer look at the important aspects of a material test, and how to specify the appropriate test with respect to accuracy and cost.

Originally presented on October 22, 2014

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Vehicle Lightweighting: Remove weight, not strength

With the push to create lighter weight products, engineers are presented with the challenge to maintain a balance between reducing weight and retaining strength. By utilizing fatigue calculations it is possible to evaluate where mass reduction can be achieved without sacrificing durability.

This webinar will discuss the engineering considerations for maintaining durability when lightweighting, topics will include:

  • Steel vs Aluminum
  • Fatigue of fiber-filled composites
  • Joining of dissimilar materials

Originally presented on October 15, 2014

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Why Does Your Product Break?

Fatigue is often cited as one of the most common forms of operational failure in structures. Its nature is an often apparently premature failure at relatively low, but cycling, stress levels.

This presentation will describe the background to both fatigue and fracture mechanics and shows where each discipline comes into play in the search for safe structures. The distinction between high cycle and low cycle fatigue is shown and other important features found in this form of analysis.  

Originally presented on August 13, 2014

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Introduction to Vibration and Dynamics

Structural vibration is both fascinating and infuriating. Whether you’re watching the wings of an aircraft or the blades of a wind turbine as they flex to absorb turbulence, you have to admire the elegant engineering that discriminates between a structure’s ability to absorb loads against its desire to resonate and shake itself to pieces... [read complete description]

Originally presented on October 30, 2013

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The Re-emergence of Aerospace Metals

Composites may have been the aerospace industry’s darling over the past few years, but the use of metals in aircraft systems and components has not gone away and is not expected to any time soon. Whether airframers are designing an all-new aircraft or trending more toward substantial redesigns of existing types, the end goal is the same: improved fuel efficiency.

In this live SAE webcast from the editors of Aerospace Engineering, industry experts will discuss some of the latest technological breakthroughs and challenges facing engineers tasked with making thorough use of high-strength metals in various aircraft systems and structures while simultaneously reducing weight, improving fuel efficiency, and maintaining structural integrity.

Originally presented on September 26, 2013

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An Update on Materials Engineering & Selection

Materials engineering is developing at a rapid pace. New materials, which boast improved performance in many areas, are continually being introduced. At the same time, many traditional materials are being either changed or withdrawn through environmental legislation. Fatigue resistance is only one attribute of a material. As design engineers working in fatigue, it is important that we understand how fatigue performance is affected by changes in our materials. How do we specify fatigue performance? How do we know if a proposed material is a suitable replacement for an existing solution? Very often the understanding that led to those original solutions has been lost in time and we certainly do not want to reproduce errors of the past.

As a person with design responsibility you might consider the following point

  • What questions should the materials specialist be asked?
  • What data are needed to support the design?
  • Can I guarantee the suitability of this material for fatigue?

This free webinar will provide a brief introduction to materials engineering and selection for new design engineers as well as offer a refresher course for senior engineers.

Originally presented on: April 25, 2013

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Introduction to Fatigue Analysis Theory

Fatigue analysis is an important aspect of component design. Typical yield stress design criteria miss the fatigue cycles seen in actual service use and hence can lead to improper design.

This webinar will provide a brief introduction to what fatigue means, what drives fatigue failures, and common methods of durability analysis. This is a great introduction for engineers tasked with validating a design against fatigue criteria, or anyone who wishes to learn more about the engineering practice of fatigue analysis.

Originally presented: February 27, 2013

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Comparison of Fatigue Analysis Methods

There are three well established methods for calculating fatigue; Stress Life, Strain Life, and Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics. Each method is available in nCode GlyphWorks and nCode DesignLife and has a unique set of requirements and formulations. This webinar explores the differences of these methods and describe where they are most applicable.

Originally presented: April 18, 2012

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nCode CDS & Advanced Licensing Topics

How do you maximize your investment in nCode software and get the right people using it when they need it?

This webinar shows the benefits in using a flexible licensing system, nCode CDS for running any combination of nCode product options. This avoids the need for lengthy justifications and additional costs for new purchases. nCode CDS provides cost effective method for accessing all of GlyphWorks, DesignLife and Automation PE.

Also demonstrated is how to use license borrowing to assign a floating license to a computer for a specific period of time. This can enable licenses to be used at off-site locations such as at test sites and proving grounds. License borrowing is also available with the flexibility of nCode CDS licensing units.

Originally presented: 21 October 2010

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nCode DesignLife

Fatigue Analysis from non-linear FEA

nCode DesignLife can perform fatigue analysis on non-linear FE solutions, allowing you to assess damage when physical conditions require more than simplified linear assumptions. These non-linear steps can be evaluated sequentially, capturing any non-linearity caused by plasticity, contact, or other factors.

This webinar will demonstrate the steps required to process non-linear FE solutions.

Originally presented on November 19, 2014

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Ensuring Full Vehicle Durability

Full vehicle durability is the assessment and understanding of an entire vehicle’s fatigue characteristics with most or all of its components in place. The benefit of performing this type of analysis is that the complex interaction between components is accurately captured. The challenge is that the calculation time can become very long.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to optimize full vehicle fatigue simulations to minimize solution time, while maximizing result accuracy. Demonstrations will include how to use multiple run passes, and the auto-elimination wizard in nCode DesignLife.

Originally presented on November 5, 2014

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Distributed Analysis and High Performance Computing with nCode DesignLife

nCode DesignLife performs CAE-based fatigue analysis using results from all leading FE codes, identifying critical locations and calculating fatigue lives. It has a state-of-the-art complement of CAE durability tools, including stress-life fatigue and strain-life fatigue analysis engines. New capabilities released with nCode DesignLife 9.1 now support job submission for distributed and high performance computing.

This webinar gives practical instruction in setting up DesignLife to efficiently analyze models for design optimization and the solution of larger jobs on remote or clustered computers. The main emphasis will be on the use of the new distributed analysis feature and the associated batch submission utility.

Originally presented on October 15, 2013

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Correlating FE and Test

The Virtual Strain Gauge feature in nCode DesignLife provides a unique, powerful way of correlating physical test with finite element simulation results. It also facilitates the reconstruction of applied load histories from measured strain gage data on a component.

This webinar shows from start-to-finish how to setup Virtual Strain Gauges on your finite element model, and how to extract the strain results. It will also demonstrate the procedure for using load reconstruction to predict the input loads on a component during operation.

Originally presented on September 24, 2013

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Corrélation simulation et mesures physiques

Les jauges virtuelles dans nCode DesignLife offrent un moyen unique et puissant de corrélation entre les mesures effectuées lors d’essais et les résultats de simulation par éléments finis. Elles facilitent également la reconstruction de l’historique de chargement à partir des données mesurées par des jauges de déformation sur un composant.

Ce webinar présente du début à la fin l’utilisation optimale des jauges de déformation virtuelles et physiques. Et notamment :

  • Nettoyage des signaux mesurés par des jauges physiques
  • Corrélation jauges physiques et virtuelles, validez simplement votre modélisation éléments finis.
  • Reconstruction de chargement réalisé à partir de données mesurées par des jauges physiques (sans capteur d’effort).
  • Application : Optimisation d’un essai banc à partir de mesures réelles

Presented on June 18, 2014

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Powertrain and Safety Factor Analysis

Fatigue life is one of the most important factors to consider in the design of powertrain components. These parts can be submitted to loading from both the engine and road loads.

nCode DesignLife performs CAE-based durability analyses using FE results, identifying critical locations and calculating fatigue lives. This presentation will demonstrate the features available in DesignLife that directly apply to the durability analysis of powertrain components, topics will include:

  • factor of safety calculations for both high cycle and low cycle fatigue
  • analytical simulation of PSD based electro-dynamic shaker table tests
  • automated compensation of notch sensitivity for FE based fatigue calculations
  • techniques for temperature compensated and thermo-mechanical fatigue

Originally presented on September 17, 2013

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Performing FE-based Fatigue Analysis with nCode

nCode DesignLife performs CAE-based fatigue analysis using results from all leading FE codes, identifying critical locations and calculating fatigue lives. It has a state-of-the-art complement of CAE durability tools, including stress-life fatigue and strain-life fatigue analysis engines.

This presentation will provide an introduction to perform fatigue analysis on FE models in nCode DesignLife. Attendees will become familiar with the nCode user interface and how 'glyphs' are used to create processes. Both Stress-Life (SN) and Strain-Life (EN) fatigue calculations on FE models will be discussed.

Originally presented: April 3, 2013

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Load Reconstruction in nCode DesignLife

With the release of nCode 9.0, a new capability has been introduced in DesignLife to calculate input loads using a set of physical strain gauge measurements together with the results of a unit load FEA using DesignLife’s Virtual Strain Gauge capability. The Virtual Strain Gauge feature in nCode DesignLife recovers the strains on an FE model resulting from the unit loads. These virtual gauges are positioned on the model to simulate the actual physical strain gauges. The overall method enables the component to act as a load transducer.

This webinar will outline the procedure for using load reconstruction to predict the input loads on a component during operation, starting with assigning virtual strain gauges to the model. Guidelines on the number of strain gauges and their placement will also be discussed.

Originally presented: March 6, 2013

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Analysis Methods for Fatigue of Welds

At version 9.0, DesignLife can now use solid element models for seam weld analysis. This expands the range of seam weld analyses to thicker components as well as to structures that are not readily modeled using shell elements. This new capability employs the stress integration method outlined in the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code VIII, Division 2 to calculate the required structural stress and bending ratio. An outline of this procedure will be presented along with examples of the stress linearization and fatigue results.

An overview of available analysis methods in nCode DesignLife for analyzing fatigue of welds will also be discussed.

Originally presented: March 4, 2013

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Tips & Tricks for Using New Technology in nCode DesignLife 9.0

This webinar will explore the new technologies available in the newly released nCode DesignLife 9.0 and share ways to apply them in your durability and CAE fatigue analysis.

Demonstrations will review:

  • Composites
  • Entity subsets
  • Back calculations
  • Multi-body dynamics
  • Structural animation

Originally presented: February 20, 2013

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Designing Landing Gear for Durability

Aircraft landing gear consists of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic assemblies which undergo a range of motion during flight that result in unique design challenges. As one of the most maintenance- intensive parts on an aircraft, significant considerations must be taken during the design process to ensure the reliability of the landing gear in order to minimize aircraft downtime.

During this webinar the latest solutions in use by major Aerospace suppliers are presented. The Designing Landing Gear for Durability webinar will examine topics such as:

  • Fatigue analysis using finite element simulations
  • Using material fatigue data such as MIL-HDBK-5
  • Aero spectrum loading for flight based duty cycles
  • Assessment of damage per maneuver
  • Virtual strain gauges for correlation to measured data

Originally Presented: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Fatigue of Composite Materials

The fatigue of composites poses particular challenges for engineers because of the properties of the constituent parts (polymer matrix and fibers) interact to determine the fatigue properties which vary in each location and direction. Fatigue analysis requires the combination of various inputs including material modeling, finite element analysis and fatigue characterization of the material based on fiber-share and orientation. This webinar gives an introduction to these topics and gives a preview of the fatigue life prediction of short-fiber composites introduced in nCode DesignLife 8.

Originally presented: November 16, 2011 and March 13, 2012

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Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue

This webinar discusses the unique combination of software and services for CAE simulation and materials testing for thermo-mechanical fatigue.

Originally presented: March 6, 2012

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Durability Assessment of Adhesive Bonds in Vehicles Bodies

This webinar describes a fracture mechanics-based approach for the durability assessment of adhesive (and hybrid) joints in vehicle bodies. The drive to reduce carbon emissions is motivating car and commercial vehicle manufacturers to develop increasingly lightweight vehicle bodies, usually constructed from high strength steels and aluminium alloys. In order to realize the potential strength and durability of such structures, adhesive bonding is commonly used, normally in conjunction with spot welds and self-piercing rivets. The method described here, and implemented in nCode DesignLife 8.0 as part of a 3.5 year research project, provides a CAE tool for evaluating the durability of adhesive and hybrid joints during the design/development process. This is essential if unnecessary overdesign and un-quantified safety factors are to be avoided.

Originally presented: February 23, 2012

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Batch Processing in nCode DesignLife

This webinar gives practical instruction in setting up DesignLife for batch submission enabling design optimization and the solution of larger jobs on remote computers.

Originally presented: November 10, 2011

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Vibration Fatigue in nCode DesignLife

Vibration Fatigue enables the simulation of vibration shaker tests driven by random (PSD) or swept-sine loading. Vibration Fatigue in nCode DesignLife provides the capability to predict fatigue in the frequency domain and it is more realistic and efficient than time-domain analysis for many applications with random loading such a wind and wave loads.

Originally presented on April 21, 2011

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Multiaxial Fatigue

Many components and structures are subject to complex loads in service, which may result in fatigue damage. In some cases, although the applied loads are complex, the geometry and load paths create stress states locally that are relatively simple. In others, the relative size and/or phase of local stress components may vary with time, giving rise to multiaxial loadings. Multiaxial loadings require greater sophistication both in terms of modelling stress-strain response, and predicting fatigue damage.

This webinar shows how DesignLife may be used to understand multiaxial loadings, and looks at the methods available for analysis and automatic selection of appropriate criteria.

Originally presented: 31 March 2011

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Latest Methods for Fatigue of Welds using nCode DesignLife

During this webinar we will discuss the additional capabilities for structural stress calculation methods, locations and orientations that have recently been added to the nCode DesignLife Seam Weld option in version 7. Suggested use cases and recommended modeling techniques will be discussed and the correlation of predictions with physical test specimans using these new techniques will be demonstrated.

Originally presented on March 17, 2011

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Better fatigue and durability decisions

nCode DesignLife can help make better FE based fatigue predictions with a powerful list of features including Plasticity Corrections, Multiaxial Assessment, Stress Gradients, and Mean Stress Corrections.

These features allow for few assumptions and greater confidence in evaluating fatigue related issues before real parts are fabricated.

Originally presented: 04 November 2010

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Design Optimization & Robust Design for Fatigue

This webinar demonstrates the use of nCode DesignLife with commercial process integration and design optimization software. In this example, we use DesignLife together with modeFRONTIER. You will see procedures that can modify the DesignLife process properties, run that process in batch, and capture key results.

To illustrate this, nCode DesignLife is shown as a part of two modeFRONTIER workflows. The first workflow performs a stochastic fatigue analysis, assuming several of the DesignLife inputs are statistical distributions rather than fixed constants, where the resulting output is a distribution of predicted life. The second example includes DesignLife in a workflow performing multi-objective shape optimization, where fatigue life is one of the constraints on the design space.

Originally presented: December 15, 2009

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Designing for Performance: Wind Turbine Durability

Fatigue is an important design consideration for modern wind turbines. In this webinar we describe how fatigue failure locations and fatigue life estimates can be obtained using Finite Element-based stress analysis. Guidance is given on selecting appropriate material parameters and load spectra, along with advice on how to optimize the analysis for faster preliminary design assessments.

An overview of the theory is also presented for those who are new to FE-based fatigue analysis.

Originally presented: June 30, 2009

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Virtual Durability using DesignLife and Abaqus

This webinar demonstrates usage of nCode DesignLife in combination with Abaqus.

Usage of Abaqus linear and non-linear results will be examined. Examples of fatigue analyses using modal dynamic, and steady state dynamic results will also be shown. A demonstration of DesignLife will be given, and features enabling it to efficiently analyze large models described.

Originally presented: May 27, 2009

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Ensuring the Durability of Wind Turbines

Utilizing wind turbines for electric power generation depends on the structural integrity of the equipment operating continuously over long periods of time. This 45 minute webinar demonstrates how nCode software is used by turbine designers and operators to:

  • Predict fatigue damage in design of key components such as gearboxes
  • Understand the structural loading envelope
  • Monitor operational performance and identify statistical trends
  • Assess the reliability and structural integrity of the systems for long term operation

Originally presented: March 3, 2009

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nCode GlyphWorks

Block Cycle Test Creation in nCode GlyphWorks

Block cycle testing is a common method of component durability validation. It relies on the concept of equivalent fatigue damage to condense complicated service loads into a simple set of cycles that can be easily reproduced in the test lab.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to decrease lab test time and complexity, while guaranteeing maximum accuracy, by reducing complicated service loads into a simplified block cycle test with equivalent damage.

Originally presented on December 10, 2014

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Vibration Analysis in nCode GlyphWorks

Vibration analysis can help calculate, filter, and display the frequency content of measured data.  These frequency options, available in nCode GlyphWorks, provide a powerful, simple-to-use range of vibration analysis capabilities with particular application to rotating machinery, octave analysis and frequency response.

This webinar will take a look at a number of tools available in GlyphWorks that analyze:

  • Frequency Spectrum
  • Joint Time Frequency Analysis
  • Waterfall Analysis and Order Tracking

Plus, filtering tools that include:

  • Fast Fourier Filter
  • Order Tracking Filter
  • Weighting Filter

And finally displays that include:

  • XY Display
  • Waterfall Display
  • Slice Display

Originally presented on October 1, 2014

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Introduction to nCode GlyphWorks Super Glyphs

In their simplest form, Super glyphs can be used to consolidate a number of other glyphs into one, removing workspace clutter. This feature can also help simplify the reuse of a group of glyphs. A Looping Super glyph can also enhance a process by running in an iterative fashion.

This webinar will explore examples of Super glyphs and Looping Super glyphs.

Originally presented on September 17, 2014

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Advanced Fatigue Calculations in nCode GlyphWorks

Dig deep into the fatigue analysis tools of nCode GlyphWorks and uncover new capabilities! This webinar will explore advanced features like using back calculation mode in nCode GlyphWorks to see how input stresses need to be changed in order to achieve a target life, how to accelerate time-domain rig tests by removing non-damaging cycles from a strain history, and much more.

Originally presented on September 10, 2014

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Good Data Gone Bad

Why it is important to recognize bad engineering data before using it for durability and performance analysis. Hosted by Tech Briefs Media Group

Collecting good time series data is not a trivial task. This presentation will shed some light on causes and examples of bad data, and what separates good data from bad data. We will explain ways to recognize bad data, and suggest best testing and analysis practices to ensure the best possible engineering decisions are being made.

Originally presented: June 26, 2014

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Powertrain Durability Analysis using Measured Data

Powertrain components like gears, differentials, and shafts are subjected to severe cyclic loading.  Assuring product durability requires a good understanding of loading and rotational cyclic behavior. 

This webinar will explore methods of predicting powertrain durability, including both low- and high-cycle fatigue - both in the time and rotation domains.

Originally presented June 4, 2014

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Vibration of Rotating Machinery

Rotating machinery such as turbines, gears, and pumps can often lead to objectionable vibration or durability concerns. Analysis of these machines can be difficult because underlying usage trends may not be immediately apparent.

In this webinar, we'll explore ways to analyze data in the time, frequency, angle, and order domains - with analysis methods include order tracking, joint time-frequency analysis, and periodic statistics. The right combination of analysis tools in time, frequency, and periodic domains can highlight performance characteristics and enhance product performance.

Originally presented on: December 10, 2013

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Accelerated Testing

Shaker tests are important for product validation - but what profile to run? Learn how to create accelerated shaker profiles for frequency domain testing.

In this webinar, we'll explore how concepts of vibration and durability analysis can be brought together to create a realistic shaker test. We'll also show how quantifiable comparisons can be made between existing shaker profiles – for example, how to compare a sine sweep test to a random PSD test, or how to compare an existing test specification with new measured field vibration data.

Originally presented on: November 26, 2013

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A Better Way to Use MATLAB for Test Data Analysis

nCode GlyphWorks is a powerful data processing system for engineering test data analysis by HBM. It is a highly flexible graphical tool that provides direct support for many engineering file formats, has powerful built-in C++ signal processing functions, In addition, nCode GlyphWorks can directly use MATLAB® to add unique and proprietary methods and algorithms.

Originally presented October 22, 2013

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Report Generation with Studio

Creating engineering reports can be very time consuming because of the need to bring together large amounts of data into the required format.


This webinar will show how to create professional quality reports quickly in GlyphWorks using the Studio Display glyph. Topics include report creation, linking to GlyphWorks analysis, and exporting reports to popular third party formats like PowerPoint, HTML, and PDF.

Originally presented on September 12, 2013

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Editing Time Series Data with GlyphWorks

Often measured time series data needs to be cleaned or edited before it is analyzed. This webinar will explore editing options available in GlyphWorks – both manual and automated – including:

  • Removal of dead time
  • Conditional triggering – for example, find and remove times when vehicle speed is below a threshold
  • Spike correction or removal

Originally presented: March 19, 2013

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Test Data Analysis for Aerospace

Aerospace engineers are challenged with maintaining the reliability, safety and robust operation of aircraft and equipment. These engineering challenges are broad in scope, ranging from managing vibration to predicting and extending product life to quickly validating new designs.

In this webinar, we will demonstrate how powerful data processing software, nCode GlyphWorks, is designed to meet these needs, with specific application to durability, fatigue, and vibration analysis.

Topics include:

  • Creating accelerated shaker profiles for product validation testing
  • Analysis of fatigue life, including crack initiation and crack growth
  • Analysis of vibration, including rotating machinery
  • Aircraft structural health monitoring
  • Quickly process large amounts of data
  • Directly read and write many industry formats
  • Create standardized processes that can be controlled and distributed
  • Integration of MATLAB and GlyphWorks to develop custom data processing capabilities

Applications include airframe, engine, and landing gear.

Originally presented: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Accelerated Testing for Shaker Table Tests

A shaker table test can prove the durability of a component that sees vibration loading. But how do you create the shaker profile? How do you compare this to an existing test spec?

Originally presented: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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Signal Processing for nCode DesignLife Users

An important input to durability analysis is service loading: How does a customer actually use the product you are designing? and, how can your durability analysis best reflect these loads?

In this webinar, we will explore how signal processing tools can be used to accurately define input loads for FE-based durability analysis with nCode DesignLife. Demonstrations will also show how these signal processing tools – frequency spectra, statistical analysis, cycle counting, etc. – improve understanding of service loading.

Originally presented: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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How to Reproduce Engine Vibrations on Shaker Tables

Engine- or gear box-mounted components are submitted to loads coming from both the rotating machinery and the road profile. This vibratory mechanical environment is traditionally defined as swept sines or random profiles. In this webinar, we will present a methodology which enables to you to superimpose swept sines and a power spectral density of acceleration to optimize and accelerate the durability tests of such components.

Originally presented on March 20, 2012

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Introduction to nCode GlyphWorks

nCode GlyphWorks is a powerful data processing system for engineering test data analysis with specific application to durability and fatigue analysis. This webinar gives an overview of the product for new users.

Originally presented: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Optimized Testing for Proving Grounds using nCode 7

Proving grounds are an extremely efficient means of qualifying the durability of vehicle components. They accelerate damage accumulation rates so failures are detectable in a very short period of time. It is important that proving ground damage is correlated with target customer usage. It is also important to determine the most efficient use of the proving ground in order to meet project targets and minimize overall development costs. This webinar describes the latest techniques for proving ground correlation and optimization available in nCode GlyphWorks.

Originally presented: March 3, 2011

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Using MATLAB for Customized Scripting in nCode GlyphWorks

The Scripting Glyph now enables the MATLAB® programming language to be used in an nCode process. This webinar will highlight this new feature and demonstrate some of the benefits of having the mathematical capabilities of MATLAB in nCode GlyphWorks 7.

Originally presented: February 24, 2011

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Customizing GlyphWorks using Python Scripting

Python scripting provides a very flexible and powerful method of adding new or proprietary functionality to nCode GlyphWorks. Some tasks require custom programming such as reading or writing new file formats or using a calculation that is specific to your company and this is where Python scripting has major benefits.

This webinar shows through several examples how the Scripting glyph can be used to rapidly create and implement your own glyphs.

Even if you have never used the Scripting glyph before, this webinar is a good place to start!

Originally presented: March 30, 2010

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Helicopter - Shock & Vibration Qualification of Equipment

This webinar reviews the source of vibration loading on a helicopter and describes standard qualification tests that are used to ensure the safe life of equipment on the aircraft. It describes how the vibration environment can be measured in terms of a Fatigue Damage Spectrum (FDS) and Shock Response Spectrum (SRS). These spectra are calculated from measured flight load data as well as from the vibration test. By comparing the flight spectra with the test spectra, the paper shows how highly optimized vibration tests are derived.

Although the paper deals specifically with helicopters, these techniques are now common in all industries, including: ground vehicles, offshore, power generation and electronics.

Originally presented: December 2, 2009

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Download the paper by Andrew Halfpenny and T.C. Walton of AgustaWestland

Equivalent Damage Block Cycle Test with nCode GlyphWorks

Block cycle testing is a common method of component durability validation. It relies on the concept of equivalent fatigue damage to condense complicated service loads into a simple set of cycles that can be easily reproduced in the test lab.

Watch this webinar to learn how nCode GlyphWorks software can be used to easily create an equivalent damage block cycle test. We’ll discuss some of the common requirements of a block cycle test, and tips and tricks that can improve the accuracy of the test profile.

Originally presented: November 5, 2009

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Webinars are free presentations about HBM nCode products and technologies that are accessed over the internet. 

The live webinars utilize WebEx, an interactive tool which allows the speaker to walk through examples in real time. A link and teleconference information for joining the live event will be provided to you by email prior to the program date.

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