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nCode Academic Program

Fatigue analysis is becoming an increasingly important part of the design process in many industries, and today’s graduate engineer needs to be equipped with knowledge of the latest tools used in industry. According to a 2008 study[1], best-in-class companies are 1.6 times more likely to simulate and identify product failure modes than poor performing companies. Stress analysis by itself is often insufficient and products are now commonly designed by predicting failure under realistic loading. 

Since 1982, nCode products have led the way with fatigue analysis capabilities in industries such as aerospace, automotive, defense, off-highway, rail transport and wind energy. nCode products are used by many Fortune 500 companies including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, John Deere, and Lockheed Martin. In fact, companies such as CNH, Chrysler Group LLC, John Deere and Wyle are actively searching for engineers with experience using nCode software.

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Academic Program Licensing Options

nCode Academic Program for Engineering Education provides a cost-effective means to put the best tools for engineering durability in the hands of today’s students and graduates. 

Academic license types include: 

  • Academic Teaching: Enables a class to run nCode software for student instruction, projects, and demonstrations.
  • Academic Research: Enables use of software for industry-related research only.
  • Post-graduate Individuals: Provides use of software to a delegated post-graduate student.

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University Testimonials

East China University of Science and Technology

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"My work is related to education and research in the field of fatigue and fracture of structures, with a focus on life design and analysis of gas turbine and aero engine. My research team has been using the nCode software to analyze the fatigue life of gas turbine rotors and to undertake research in high temperature damage tolerant design. Currently, the software has been successfully applied to the life analysis of ultra-supercritical turbines and cylinders, and the damage tolerant design of a new type of welded rotor. The software has a friendly interface and allows for my PhD students to develop new analysis methods. The analysis results obtained by the software are also in agreement with measurements. We like the software. It is a powerful analysis platform for research indeed."

- Fu-Zhen Xuan, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology



ENSTA Bretagne

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ENSTA Bretagne is a French national graduate engineering institute which offers three year engineering programs to both civilian and military students. The courses are of high quality and are designed to ensure that students have an excellent level of expertise in their chosen field of Engineering. ENSTA Bretagne graduates are able to design, build and manage complex electronic and mechanical systems. ENSTA Bretagne was founded in 1971 and is a multidisciplinary engineering institute under the auspices of the French Defense Ministry (DGAC).

ENSTA Bretagne prepares engineers for many different industries such as electronics, computer sciences, telecommunications, automotive engineering, naval construction, offshore engineering, land-based vehicles, mechanical engineering, structural calculations, energetic materials and underwater detection systems. In Marine and Offshore Engineering Option, students are especially trained on fatigue and material science.

nCode software provides very graphical interface where we can easily demonstrate to our students how to perform fatigue analysis considering all parameters. We will benefit from the current material database and also the possibility to add material data coming from our Laboratory call LBMS. Over the last 10 years, we have developed a new technique to derive fatigue curves from our specific quick method based on thermometry.

- Cédric Doudard, Laboratoire Brestois de Mécanique et des Systèmes, ENSTA Bretagne



University of Huddersfield

The Turbocharger Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Huddersfield has been established to develop training to support companies at the forefront of this technology and to conduct research relating to the use of turbochargers. The program is part of a UK Government Regional Growth Fund project and has links with leading firms in the field.

Prior to being appointed Professor of Automotive Engineering and Director of the TRI, I became familiar with nCode software in the commercial world. It is important for our MSc students to have exposure to the sort of commercial fatigue software that they are likely to encounter during their career.

HBM-nCode delivers lectures focused on fatigue and creep-fatigue at high temperatures as part of the Advanced Materials module in our Turbocharger Engineering MSc degree. We find that their expertise in fatigue and durability is particularly useful as turbochargers present engineers with many complex fatigue challenges. For example; aluminium impeller durability is driven by high speed centrifugal forces, creep is an issue for aluminium compressor housings, and thermo-mechanical fatigue is an issue for turbine housings.

- John M. Allport BEng PhD CEng FIMechE, Professor of Automotive Engineering, Director of the Turbocharger Research Institute, University of Huddersfield




Manchester Metropolitan University

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I teach Computer Aided Fatigue Analysis on the MSc Mechanical Engineering course at the Manchester Metropolitan University. We follow nCode 5-box trick process and use a suite of CAE software in an integrated manner including MBS(ADAMS or equivalent) to generate fatigue load, FEA(ANSYS) to determine the stress distribution and FE-based fatigue software(nCode DesignLife) to determine the ‘hot spot’ areas and calculate fatigue damage. The assignments are usually based on physical vibrating systems or mechanisms in the lab and require the students to carry out virtual fatigue design to achieve target fatigue life through iterations. At each stage, verification using theoretical solution or validation using measured data is carried out.

nCode is an excellent software for teaching and learning fatigue theories since the students can see how the loading scenarios, the stress concentrations and the cyclic material data as well as other parameters result in the fatigue behaviour of the component as they learned in the lectures and from textbooks. nCode software makes the study and practice of CAE-based fatigue design close to real-world applications since it can deal with complex loading and geometry and provides a variety of fatigue analysis options. In general, our students feel motivated to learn nCode software since they see the wide ranging industrial applications that their future engineering jobs may encounter. nCode software has also been used in several PhD and MSc projects involving automotive and wind turbine applications.

- Dr Sophie Lo, Senior lecturer, School of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University



Oakland University

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"I taught an advanced fatigue class on Vibration Fatigue Theories and Applications (ME 7

95) at the Oakland University in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In this class, my graduate students learned the theories and the procedures to develop fatigue validation test specifications for random vibrations and swept-sine vibrations. 

Since the nCode software has the analytical tools developed for the emerging frequency-based fatigue theories I covered in class, it then became the best application software for use in class. I was so grateful for the kind support from Jeremy Durrant and Jon Aldred so that my students can use the software for filtering data, comparing sine and random vibration inputs in terms of fatigue damage, calculating rainflow cycle counts, performing FFT on time histories and inverse FFT on power spectral densities, waterfall analysis, and developing automated test specifications. Through the use of Glyphs and Process development the learning process is sped up.  The alternatives can be very tedious and time consuming.  In the end my students learn more in a shorter amount of time with a tool like this.  I would very much welcome access to use nCode as a learning tool and for research purposes"

- Dr. Yung-Li Lee, SAE Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Oakland University, Walter P. Chrysler Senior Technical Fellow



University of Michigan

Our university project team designs and builds single-seated all-terrain prototypes for the Baja SAE Collegiate Design Series. Our designs and analysis involve all sorts of testing and physical measurements taken with various sensors collected with a SOMAT eDAQ. Sensors include: wireless torque-sensing telemetry devices, strain gauges, accelerometers, GPS devices, and linear potentiometers, just to name a few. We use the collected data to better understand our component and system designs and the scenarios for which we design. The software also has an easy-to-learn interface, therefore it is simple for multiple team members to benefit from it. We are excited to further integrate nCode into our design process by using the software for more fatigue analysis as well as data reduction. For example, we used nCode software to collect telemetry data from torque sensors on driveshafts, and we are working to use that data to analyze the fatigue damage seen by the system.

- Jason Willig, Team Captain, University of Michigan SAE Baja Racing 2014-15




University of Warwick

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"“I am currently using nCode for my EngD research whilst studying at the University of Warwick. In this research, I am working within a team of doctoral students to assess the current suite of vibration test standards available to Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers for the robustness and durability testing of their battery packs and cells. Prior to this research I gained experience with nCode in the commercial world and have read several academic papers on how other engineers and academics had applied the different functions within nCode GlyphWorks to evaluate the suitability of test profiles, etc. We have found nCode to be a valuable partner of WMG, offering support and a wealth of knowledge for us to draw upon as we research the effects of vibration of electric vehicles."

- James Hooper MSc, BEng (Hons), IEng (IMechE),  Vehicle Electrification and Energy Storage, WMG, University of Warwick



[1] Complementary Digital and Physical Prototyping Strategies, February 2008, Aberdeen Group, Boston

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