Open to students
of all nationalities having a bachelor degree

  • mechanical
  • transport
  • electro

Unique in Europe
two years master studies

  • high level of technical studies


  • combined with language studies

International cooperation
of six renowned universities

  • CTU in Prague
  • HAN
  • ENSTA Bretagne


  • ITB Bandung
  • TU Chemnitz
  • IFP Paris


Double degree
from two countries

  • depending on chosen universities and specialisations


  • Study stay in at least 2 countries

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Advanced Powertrains
  • Design of Vehicles
  • Alternative Powertrains
  • Modelisation and Computation

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Vehicle Dynamics and Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Powertrains
  • Engines and Fuels

Design Against Fatigue

Type Compulsory
Semester Summer
Contact hours 26 (1+1)
Number of credits 2
Type of termination Assessment
Form Lectures + exercises
Lecturers Prof. Dr. Ing. Milan Růžička
Doc. Dr. Ing. Miroslav Španiel   


  1. Educate the basics of design and calculation of mechanical parts and structures against fatigue damage and fracture.
  2. Educate the basic theory of the Finite Element Method, modeling and calculation of simple machine parts


  • Static and cyclic characterization of materials, hysteresis loop.
  • Fatigue stress-life curves, fatigue strain-life curves, mean stress effect – Haigh’s and Smith’s diagrams.
  • Stress concentration, notch factor, cracks and stress intensity factor, other fatigue degradation factors.
  • Design of machine parts for unlimited life, safety factor, probability of fracture.
  • Decomposition of stochastic process, Rain-flow method, loading histograms (loading spectra), experimental verification of fatigue life.
  • Fatigue damage, accumulation of damage, linear and nonlinear damage hypothesis (Miner’s rule, Corten-Dolan, SWT – parameter)
  • Approaches for fatigue life prediction. Design of machine parts for limited life, safety factor, probability of fracture.
  • Basic of fracture mechanics and crack growth under cyclic loading.
  • Thermal fatigue. Crack corrosion cracking. Creep and combination with fatigue.


  • Minimum of potential energy approach in structural/continuum mechanics. Examples of rods and beams.
  • Essentials of matrix algebra and matrix formulation of simple bar structure. Finite element formulation of the structure.
  • General finite element method. Discretization of 2D continuum, element and global operators, mechanical and thermal loads.
  • Finite element discretization of 2D and 3D continuum, axisymmetric structures.
  • Utilization of FEA in modeling of parts and assemblies of structures.

Study materials

  1. Suresh, S.: Fatigue of Materials. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2nd ed., 1998. ISBN 0 521 57046 8
  2. Stephens, R.I-Fatemi, A.- Stephens R.R. and Fuchs, H.O: Metal fatigue in engineering, Wiley-Interscience, 2nd ed., 2000, ISBN:978-0471510598
  3. Bathe, K. J.:Finite Element Procedures, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1996
  4. Zienkiewicz, O.C.-Taylor, R.L.: The Finite Element Method. Fifth Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000, ISBN:0 7506 5049 4   

Czech Technical University in Prague

Technicka 4
16607 Prague 6
Czech republic

Phone: +420 224 352 499
Fax: +420 224 352 500


ITB – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jl. Ganesa 10
40132 Bandung

Phone: +62-22-2504243
Fax: +62-22-2534099


TU Chemnitz
Technische Universität Chemnitz Fakultät für Maschinenbau

Reichenhainerstr. 70, A016
D-09126 Chemnitz
Deutschland (Germany)

Phone: +49 371 531 31079
Fax: +49 371 531 831079


HAN – Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
Institut of Automotive Engineering and Management

Ruitenberglaan 29
NL-6802 CC Arnhem
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)6 55 20 88 19
Phone: +31 (0)26 365 82 15


ENSTA Bretagne
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne

2, rue Francois Verny
F-29806 Brest Cedex 9

Phone: +33 (0)2 98 34 89 11
Fax: +33 (0)2 98 34 88 00


CTU in Prague
Coordinator of MAE

Gabriela Achtenová

IT Bandung | Head of Mechanical
Design Research Group

Andi Isra Mahyuddin

TU Chemnitz
Coordinator of MAE

Diana Lohse

HAN in Arnhem
Masters program manager

Kea Bouwman

ENSTA Bretagne
Coordinator of MAE

Yann Marco