Fatigue 2018 – Introduction balls

Structural Integrity of Aircraft, Nuclear Power Plants, Space Rockets, Ships, Automobiles, Biomedical Devices, and many other applications, is a major design driver including various components of which fatigue normally is the dominant factor of importance over the structural life of the structure in question. What makes fatigue design difficult is that it is not a traditional science, but rather a large complex domain consisting of a mixture of scientific disciplines (materials science, physics, statistics, solid mechanics, chemistry etc.) and engineering areas (loads, design, stress analysis, production systems, maintenance, computer systems, full scale testing etc.). The required competence for fatigue design, or indeed failure analysis, depends on the complexity and certification procedure for the structure considered.


The International Fatigue Series/Congresses started in Europe with meetings in Sweden 1981, UK 1984, and then went to the USA 1987 after which the series became established as the pre-eminent world conference in the field of fatigue. Meetings have subsequently been held in Hawaii 1990, Canada 1993, Germany 1996, China 1999, Sweden 2002, USA 2006, The Czech Republic 2010, and Australia 2014. This global distribution of meetings is in the tradition of scientific practice, i.e. to share, disseminate, and discuss results, problems, models and new ideas between scientists around the world. Hence, it is a great pleasure to once again be able to meet old friends, but also newcomers in the fatigue field, in the 12th International Fatigue Congress, as the series return to Europe, with France and specifically Poitiers being the venue.


The French bid to host Fatigue 2018 was extremely strong, with support not only from the local organizations University of Poitiers, ISAE-ENSMA, Pprime Institute, and CNRS, but also from SF2M, Airbus Group, Constellium, SAFRAN, AREVA, ONERA and Renault. The conference chair and his co-chairs are very well known scientists in the fatigue field. At the time of the bid also honorary chairman Jean Petit was involved in the organizing committee. Unfortunately, Jean (a former leader of the Poitiers fatigue group, a renowned world expert in the field, and a great personal friend of mine) has since passed away. I suggest that we pay our respects by dedicating Fatigue 2018 to his memory.


Anders Blom

Chairman of the International Steering Committee