Steel University's Structural Integrity Course

Curso de integridad estructural de steel university


9 September 2024 - 13 September 2024


Mikeletegi Pasealekua, 2, Donostia



TECNALIA will host the next edition of the World Steel Association's course on structural integrity in Donostia / San Sebastián.

The Steel University’s Structural Integrity Course will be held from 9th to 13th September at the TECNALIA facilities in Donostia / San Sebastián and will cover the key aspects of the assessment of structures and engineering components under extreme operating conditions. The training will enable the design, evaluation and estimation of the life of critical structures in order to prevent failures, maximise their serviceability, reliability and safety. The training will focus on operating conditions in corrosive environments, the presence of hydrogen, high temperatures and under complex loading conditions.

Steel University is the training arm of the World Steel Association, which brings together more than 150 steel producers, including nine of the world's 10 largest steel companies and sectoral groupings. World Steel members account for about 85 % of the world's steel production.

Speakers and trainers

For one week, participants will address fundamental theoretical aspects to develop integrity analysis and some practical and industry-relevant problems. TECNALIA's structural integrity facilities and hydrogen laboratories will be visited.

  • Robert A. Ainsworth, FREng. Professor of Structural Integrity at Manchester University (UK)
  • Robert Akid, FICorr. Professor of Materials and Corrosion at Manchester University (UK)
  • Nicolás O. Larrosa, FIMMM. Associate Professor of Structural Integrity at Bristol University (UK) and Senior Researcher at TECNALIA.

“Structural integrity" Content

The topics will be divided into three blocks:

  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue, given by our colleague, Nicolás Larrosa.
  • Corrosion, Environmentally Assisted Cracking, Prof R. Akid
  • Creep, fracture and high-temperature fatigue, Prof R. Ainsworth.

The course is mainly aimed at: engineers, researchers, technical managers in the aerospace, wind, hydrogen, automotive, chemical, electrical, oil and gas or nuclear sectors.

Knowledge to be acquired by participants

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key mechanistic aspects of damage processes.
  • Identify key properties of materials used in design and damage tolerance assessments.
  • Identify the different forms of corrosion and their mechanisms leading to structural failure.
  • Understand the phenomenon of hydrogen embrittlement, assessment methodologies and their limitations.
  • Apply damage tolerance methodologies to calculate safety margins for engineering structures.
  • Use specific software for critical engineering assessment and finite element analysis.
  • Understand the industrial and economic benefits of implementing advanced structural integrity methods.

TECNALIA DONOSTIA (Mikeletegi pasealekua, 2)

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