Fatigue & Damage Tolerance for Aerospace

3 modules
90 minutes
1 year access

This course is hosted by EngineeringTrainer.com. Enrollment will be handled by them.

Course Objective

“Provides a introduction fatigue and damage tolerance regulations and evaluation for aerospace engineers.”

About the Course

Airworthiness authorities (EASA, FAA) have very strict regulations on certification of aircraft. These regulations include fatigue & damage tolerance (F&DT). In this training you will learn about design and safety concepts in aerospace and how they evolved into the current regulations on fatigue & damage tolerance. The regulations and the corresponding means of compliance will be explained and it will be told how to comply to the regulations. The continued airworthiness part of the training will tell you more about F&DT related maintenance aspects and about repair and modifications.
Fatigue initiation and crack growth itself will not be explained in this training, the course is restricted to application in combination with regulations.

Your Instructor

Johannes Homan, Fatigue & Damage Tolerance Specialist, CVE (Compliance Verification Engineer).


Module 1 History of Design & Safety Concepts
  1. Failures, Safety & Maintenance
  2. History of Design & Safety Concepts 
Module 2 Regulations & Certification
  1. Current Regulations
  2. Showing Compliance – Aircraft
  3. Showing Compliance – Rotorcraft
  4. Continued Airworthiness
Module 3 Case Histories
  1. Historical structural failures due to fatigue in aircraft

After this course

  • You have an understanding of different aerospace design concepts, such as damage tolerance.
  • You have an understanding of EASA and FAA regulations and means of compliance regarding fatigue & damage tolerance.
  • You know how to show compliance with EASA and FAA regulations on fatigue & damage tolerance.
  • You have an understanding of the effect of fatigue & damage tolerance on aircraft maintenance.

Who should attend this course

  • Those involved in structural design or reviewing designs:
    • Stress engineers
    • Structural designers
    • Test engineers
    • Lead engineers
    • Engineering managers
  • Prerequisites:
    • An understanding of loads and stresses
    • Basic understanding of material behaviour
  • Level: 
    • Intermediate


What to expect

Access to the course. 
After your purchase is confirmed it will be activated to your account on the EngineeringTrainer learning portal. Here you will find the course in your dashboard and you will be guided step-by-step through the different course modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

Learn by doing.
The course is based on video content with video lectures given by the instructor. The videos can be viewed as many times as desired and these video lectures will help you to grasp the important technical concepts.

Dates & Schedules

This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 4 modules which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to participants if they finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to all modules, should you wish to refresh your knowledge.

Certification & Credits

Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • have completed each module of the course,
  • fill in the Course Evaluation Survey.

This course qualifies for PDH Hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

What kind of study materials will be available
  • Video lectures
Will I be able to download the training material?

The training videos are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal.
You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course, which allows you to watch content again.

Can I ask questions to the instructor?

No, it is not possible to ask questions to the trainer. It is possible to submit comments and ideas for new topics and modules.

Do I get a software license as part of this course?

No technical software is required for participants of this course.

What are the technical requirements of my setup to follow this course?

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

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What do others say about our courses

A great course to understand deeply how fatigue and crack growth processes work and with procedures to face on the analysis in the reality. Ignacio Mato, Premium Aerotec

The course is good both as an introduction to a F&DT engineer (though challenging) and as a source of a basic knowledge for a practising engineer. Valery Shafikov, Assystem

Great course! Really useful and complete! Javier Gutierrez Alvarez, Bishop GmbH

Very useful course for design engineers to support the knowledge of fatigue behaviour of aerospace structures and design features. Helpful to support you in the function with signature delegation. Tobias Modl, Premium Aerotec

A very complete training combining strong theoretical background with the teacher’s practical experience. But perhaps the most important point is that this course forces students to think by themselves and keep a critical mind as to what they can find in the literature. Nicolas Goots, SABCA

This course contains vital information for every stress engineer working in aerospace. Almost all topics related to fatigue and damage tolerance are discussed with sufficient detail. Taking this course will have a significant benifit to my job. ir. Christophe Ceusters, SABCA

Complete course, gives a good overview of fatigue and damage tolerance. The coursebook gives a clear explanation with practical examples and exercises. More than sufficient to explain the fatigue problems to other students. ir. Marcel van Varik, Inholland University of Applied Sciences

Highly recommended course for specific group, you need an aerospace degree, pref. MSc or BSc with experience otherwise the pace is too fast. Highly specialized course for very specific group of specialist engineers. Rick Bakker, ADSE

An intensive in-depth course based on practical experience in both aerospace and other industries. Aart Verbaas, ADSE

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