fe-safe User Group Meeting

From June 24, 2014 to June 25, 2014
Troy, MI United States

This event will bring together leading fatigue experts, fe-safe users and specialist fatigue engineers and analysts to share knowledge, expertise and methodology.

We offer a day for presentations on fatigue and durability as well as how fe-safe is applied in industry to achieve business advantage across a broad range of sectors and for a variety of materials and components.

The main User Group Meeting on Tuesday 24th will be followed by a day of Workshops on Wednesday 25th where we will take a closer look at particular areas of fatigue technology and encourage interaction and discussion in specialist areas of interest.

Day One

Keynote Presentation: We are delighted to announce as technical keynote Speaker, Professor Ralph Stephens, from the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at The University of Iowa. Professor Stephens will present a historical overview in his talk: "A half Century History of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics".

Customer Presentations:

  • Experiences with Verity in fe-Safe at Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems, Hendrickson
  • The Application of Vehicle Body Durability Analysis Using the Transient Dynamic Method, Hyundai

Partner Presentations:

  • Microkinematic Computation of Self-heating and Fatigue in fe-safe/Rubber Endurica, Inc., Dr Will Mars
  • The Development of a Friction Stir Weld Fatigue Evaluation Procedure Using the Battelle Structural Stress Method, Battelle, J K Hong
  • Steam Train to Soul Train: When Dance Meets Fatigue, Wolf Star Technologies, Tim Hunter

Internal Presentations:

  • Factors determining a material's fatigue properties, Mary Starkey, fe-safe Materials Consultant
  • Fatigue from PSDs: Background Theory and fe-safe Implementation, Giovanni De Morais, Fatigue Technology Senior Manager
  • The New Automatic Weld Finder in Verity in fe-safe 6.5, Pawel Sobczak, Senior Technical Manager, fe-safe
  • An fe-safe Developmental Roadmap, John Draper, fe-safe, Director
  • Developments to the Critical Distance Method in fe-safe 6.5, Giovanni De Morais, Fatigue Technology Senior Manager
  • Heart stent analysis using Abaqus, Isight & fe-safe, Manoj Chinnakonda, Technical Specialist, SIMULIA User Experience
  • How to Get the Best Out of the Materials Database in fe-safe, Sandy Eyl, Senior Technical Specialist, fe-safe
Day Two


  • Material Characterisation of Elastomers, Will Mars, CEO, Endurica LLC
  • Fatigue Testing of Metals, Mary Starkey, CEO, Metstar Consulting & Sandy Eyl, Senior Technical Specialist, fe-safe
  • Random Vibration Fatigue, Tim Hunter, CEO, Wolf Star Technologies & Giovanni De Morais, Fatigue Technology Senior Manager

Meet the Experts Sessions To book your slot, please email stephanie.wood(at)3ds.com.

Following the Workshops on Wednesday 25th June we have a new addition to our agenda:

Between 3.30pm and 5pm, we are giving you an opportunity to meet with members of our technical team for a 1-2-1 session to discuss any topic you wish. 20 mins slots (or more on request) will be given on a first-come-first serve basis, and we kindly ask that you give us a brief description of the topic you want to discuss ahead of time so that we can prepare accordingly and perhaps recommend others to also join the conversation.

You might want to talk through a current support issue, an area of fe-safe or fatigue that you want to know more about, you might want to bounce ideas off someone or just generally pick their brains…the choice is yours!
The people at your disposal and their areas of expertise are listed below. Please let us know who you would like to meet and we will send you back a meeting time. The venue has WIFI available if you find yourself with time to spare before your meeting. Contact stephanie.wood(at)3ds.com

John Draper

  • CEO of Safe Technology for 15 years
  • Author of ‘Modern Metal Fatigue’ book
  • Fatigue design, fatigue testing and fatigue R&D
  • Application of fatigue analysis software to engineering problems
  • Developed the fe-safe prototype software
  • Acted as fatigue consultant in the ground vehicle applications

Pawel Sobczak

  • Manager, fe-safe Technical Support for 7 years
  • Theory & application of fe-safe and add-on modules

Sandy Eyl

  • fe-safe Technical Support for 5 years
  • Pre-processing for Verity
  • FEA model review for fe-safe (and the modules) such as Nastran, Ansys, or Abaqus
  • Post-processing of fe-safe and the modules (HyperMesh, ANSA, GLView, Ansys Workbench, ANSYS Classic)
  • fe-safe (and the modules) analysis setup
  • fe-safe (and the modules) loading settings

Giovanni De Morais

  • Structural Analysis through CAE
  • Continuum Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Applied Numerical Methods
  • Multiaxial Fatigue
  • Random Vibration Fatigue

Mary Starkey

  • fe-safe metals database
  • metals testing
  • fatigue strength of metals (particularly engineering steels and cast irons)
  • rolling contact fatigue
  • heat treatment

Will Mars

  • CEO, Endurica, creator of fe-safe/Rubber
  • Product design and analysis with elastomers
  • fe-safe/Rubber: technologies, capabilities, workflow
  • Characterization of elastomers for fatigue analysis

JK Hong

  • Co-developer of the Verity methodology
  • Weld fatigue analysis
  • Theory and application of the Verity methodology

Jaehwan Choi

  • Technical Expert SIMULIA for 10 years
  • fe-safe/Rubber
  • Material characterization of rubber fatigue crack growth
  • Material modeling in general including rubber, foam, and plastics.
    • Payne effect
    • Plastic creeps
    • Material calibration from various material test data
    • Nonlinear analyses by using Abaqus/Std and Abaqus/Exp in general
    • Automotive related modeling techniques








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Tuesday, June 24

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Troy, MI


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Wednesday, June 25

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Troy, MI


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Contact Us

For more information, please contact us.

SIMULIA Great Lakes Region
3200 Greenfield Road
Suite 310
Dearborn, MI 48120
Tel: (313) 827-5500
Email: Stephanie.wood(at)3ds.com

fe-safe User Group Meeting

Troy, MI
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Troy, MI