This course provides a general understanding of pertinent issues concerning the use of engineering materials and practical tools for solving structural integrity and structural fitness-for-service problems. The focus of this course is on energy and power applications.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The Engineering Structural Integrity course is held over one week. Theoretical lectures are complemented by practical tutorials, activities in the University Structural Integrity Lab and speakers invited from industry to share expertise. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Assess fitness-for-service issues and propose appropriate structural integrity solutions,
  • Judge the current component life assessment procedures and distinguish their limitations in aspects of structural integrity,
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach towards the engineering aspects of structural integrity,
  • Be able to confidently assess the applicability of the tools of structural integrity to new problems and apply them appropriately.

Core content

  • Introduction & Structural Design Philosophies,
  • Fatigue Crack Initiation,
  • Fracture Mechanics (1) – Derivation of G and K,
  • Fracture Mechanics (2) – LEFM and EPFM,
  • Fracture Mechanics (3) – Evaluation of Fracture Mechanics Parameters; K and J,
  • Fracture Toughness Testing and Analysis; KIC and JIC,
  • Creep Deformation and Crack Growth,
  • Non Destructive Testing Methods,
  • Inspection Reliability,
  • Defect Assessment, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Welded Components,
  • Fracture of Composites,
  • Corrosion Engineering.

Who should attend

Practising engineers in industry, particularly in the power and energy sectors, who deal with large steel structures and components. Engineers from the building and construction industry would find this course useful, as would those from the naval architecture and offshore engineering field.

  • Design Engineers
  • Structural Design Engineers
  • Material Specification Engineers
  • Test Engineers
  • Civil and Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Ship Design and Stress Engineers
  • Research Engineers
  • Stressing and Design Engineers
  • Certification Engineers
  • Design and Technical Management Personnel.


This short course is a module of the MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering which is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


  • Dr Ali Mehmanparast - Lecturer in Structural Integrity


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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