Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics (CS032F)
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This course is not available until 2024-01-01

Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics

In this course, you will discover the underlying principles, concepts, technical parameters, and methods for assessing defects, such as cracks in high-pressure pipelines and associated components under static and cyclic loading, including the determination of appropriate loading and material properties.

On completion of the course, you will be able to explain the history of fracture mechanics, its principles, and differing models. You will also be able to characterize the best assessment methods using fracture mechanics and defi ne and distinguish between the traditional approach of fatigue assessment and the fracture mechanics approach to fatigue assessment.

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Course Availability

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Estimated 8 hours



Live, online session



Foundation level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Fracture Mechanics CS032F


What you will get

Certificate of completion, plus
Continued Professional Development hours

Course agenda

This Virtual Training course runs over two days, this includes breaks plus a question and answer sessions (30 minutes per day). Additionally, you will have access to the following selected Competency Club E-Learns prior the program start date: Introduction to Pipeline Defect Assessment (CS020A), Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry (CS003A) and Introduction to Pipeline Engineering Principles (CS001A).


Day 1

Basic Concepts:

  • Elastic stress intensity factor and the energy release rate
  • J-integral and CTOD – elastic-plastic crack analysis
  • Basic fracture assessment – fracture toughness = driving force
  • Plastic collapse
  • Primary and secondary stresses

Material Properties for Fracture Assessments:

  • Fracture toughness testing
  • Weldment testing
  • Test standards
  • Charpy impact test
  • Correlations between fracture toughness and Charpy impact energy

Fracture Assessment (Methods – 1):

  • The Failure Assessment Diagram – overview
  • Fracture ratio Kr
  • Load ratio Lr
  • Choice of FAD

Fracture Assessment (Methods – 2):

  • Standards – BS 7910, API 579
  • Software packages for fracture assessment
  • Other assessment methods – CorLAS, PAFFC, LEFM, MAT-8


Day 2

Assessment Issues:

  • Residual stress due to pipe manufacture andwelding

  • Hydrotesting and other proof load effects

  • Post Weld Heat Treatment

  • High strain assessment

Sub-Critical Crack Growth:

  • Fatigue – S-N analysis
  • Fatigue – fracture mechanics growth prediction
  • Ductile tearing – R-curve analysis
  • Environmental Effects

Pipeline Data:

  • Design and service records
  • Pipe stress analysis output – code compliance checks and requirements for fracture assessments
  • SCADA data and cycle counting


Meet your subject matter expert


Osório Gonçalves

Osório Gonçalves is a Principal Integrity Engineer working for the ROSEN Integrity Services division in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK since 2018. Previously, he worked for 17 years in Petrobras Transportes in Brazil as an Integrity Engineer taking technical and managerial positions in operational and corporate departments. Osório holds a Masters degree in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering from UENF in Brazil. His current interests include integrity assessment, integrity management and inspection of pipelines affected with cracking mechanisms and fracture control of repurposed pipelines.


Note: ROSEN reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants. For further detail see terms.