John Draper examines fatigue analysis at SAE World Congress
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John Draper examines fatigue analysis at SAE World Congress

Sheffield, UK, April 8 2010 - On April 14th, Safe Technology CEO, John Draper, will present the keynote address at the Durability CAE session (M106) at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, USA, April 12 – 15th. He will outline five key aspects of fatigue theory required for accurate fatigue analysis in his presentation "Essential Steps in Fatigue Analysis" at the M106-Durability CAE technical session.

John Draper will look at technically advanced fatigue analysis software for FEA models and introduce some of the new developments in modern fatigue analysis methods. He will outline how Safe Technology’s fe-safe™ incorporates these theories to produce the most sophisticated fatigue analysis technology available in commercial software, pushing the boundaries of fatigue analysis by dedicating R&D resources to developing new methods for addressing growing fatigue requirements in complex areas such as thermo-mechanical fatigue and weld fatigue. The presentation will also address ways to improve speed of analysis without compromising on the accuracy of the fatigue results and provide customer case study examples in a range of industrial applications.

John Draper graduated from the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, UK. He worked as a fatigue design specialist in the aerospace industry during the 1970's, where he wrote an early fatigue analysis computer program. He then joined the British Rail Research Division to manage projects involving fatigue research, fatigue testing and strain-gauge based fatigue failure investigation. He contributed to the development of British Rail's strain-based fatigue analysis software. In 1987 he formed the company which is now Safe Technology Limited. He was a founding member of the UK Ground Vehicle Instrumentation Group and a past Chairman. He is a founding member of the Engineering Integrity Society and served as its Chairman from 1990 until 2005. He has been an editor of several volumes of conference proceedings. In 2002 he was appointed an Honorary Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. For the past 20 years he has been involved in the development and application of fatigue and durability analysis software for a wide range of industries. He has acted as a consultant to companies in many industries including automotive, ground vehicle, aerospace, medical equipment and power generation. His book 'Modern Metal Fatigue Analysis' was published by EMAS in 2008. He is the Chairman and CEO of Safe Technology Limited.