When: 29 & 30 June 2023

Duration: 2 days

Costs: included in the PhD conference fee

Course content/description

The development of novel and disruptive technologies in aeronautics has increased the  field of structural integrity and fatigue. Past knowledge and lessons learned are revisited to identify how failure under operational  conditions can be prevented with new materials and structural solutions, to avoid that accidents occur like in the early days of aluminium aircraft.

This course aims to provide the fundamental knowledge for contributing to development and certification of airworthy structures through proper structural design and strength justification through analysis and testing, along with insight in how current strategies can be translated to novel and disruptive technologies.

The lectures will focus on the fundamental concepts of fatigue fracture and failure in metallic and composite materials and structures, analysis and prediction of fatigue damage growth, airworthiness consideration and related certification strategies, maintenance and life enhancement methods, fatigue testing and measurements.

Who should attend

This course is aimed for young academic researchers (PhD’s) who want to become independent scientists developing their research in the field of structural integrity and fatigue of aeronautical and lightweight structures. The attendants are expected to have strong knowledge of mechanics and fracture mechanics of materials.

During the course, the attendants should expect interactive lectures consisting of classroom activities and concept exercises. The course blending with the conference program will provide several opportunities where the attendants will meet and consult the experts in the field.


We will provide 3 scholarships to 3 applicants and cover their registration fees. The attendants are welcome to submit their CVs and a motivation letter to Dr. René Alderliesten (, addressing the relevance of their research to the content of the course. A committee will assess their applications.

All attendants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course Director

Dr. René Alderliesten – TU Delft