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Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017

Symposium on Structural Durability Provides New Trends

The durability of materials, components or constructions is sometimes reduced greatly due to complex load conditions. These effects must be taken into consideration, particularly for safety components. Furthermore, products have to be produced in an easy, cost-effective, efficient manner – diametrically opposed challenges. At the International Symposium on Structural Durability in Darmstadt, Germany, on May 17-18, 2017, experts will discuss complex load situations and how they can be assessed realistically. For more information, see www.sosdid.de


Corrosion can have a major effect on the behavior of components.

Photo: Fraunhofer LBF


Test facility for multiaxial durability testing combined with salt spray charging

Structural durability includes the design, measurement and stability of components and systems in relation to loads. These requirements are extremely complex; material utilization is increasing, while a focus is being placed on lightweight construction. Today’s configurations have fewer and fewer “hidden reserves.” The design strategy, determination of the design-relevant loads, and assessment of a component’s strength are becoming more and more complicated.

At the fifth Symposium on Structural Durability in Darmstadt (SoSDiD) on May 17-18, 2017, at the Maritim Conference Hotel, international experts on structural durability will present the latest findings in structural durability. Experts from the industrial and financial sectors will report on the topic of “Complex Loading.” During three feature presentations, “Environmentally Assisted Fatigue,” “Variable Amplitude Loading” and “Random Vibration,” the influence of media, temperature changes, and variable load amplitudes on the structural durability of components will also be discussed with participants.

The accompanying exhibition will showcase highly specialized tools and provide information on current measurement and testing options, as well as new software for the complex topic of structural durability.

Advancing methods and design concepts

The conference is a lively forum for discussing basic questions and current trends regarding component reliability and safety. At the same time, it offers the opportunity to network in Darmstadt, a research location steeped in tradition. For over a decade, Darmstadt has been a center for research in structural durability. Test and measurement equipment, calculation methods and design philosophies have been developed here. Traditionally, research institutes have held the Symposium on Structural Durability in Darmstadt in cooperation with leading local manufacturers of servo-hydraulic test systems and components as well as an internationally recognized market leader of measurement technology, taking a closer look at the continuity of the activities in this area with the common goal of advancing methods and design concepts for future materials and products.

On the lookout for young talent

For the first time ever, the 2017 event will feature a “Young Talents Session.” Experts are aiming to find the next generation of talent early on, calling for keen young engineers to make brief presentations on their topic.

SoSDiD Organisation Comittee:
Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF
Institute of Steel Construction and Materials Mechanics (IFSW), Technische Universität Darmstadt
System Reliability, Adaptive Structures and Machine Acoustics SAM, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Institute for Materials Technology / State Materials Testing Institute (IfW/MPA), Technische Universität Darmstadt, Adam Opel AG, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (HBM), Instron GmbH

Weitere Informationen:

http://www.sosdid.de

Anke Zeidler-Finsel | Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit und Systemzuverlässigkeit LBF
Further information:
http://www.lbf.fraunhofer.de

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