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Materials: technology, behaviour, fatigue, corrosion - 2021

Developing critical thinking in mechanics and thermomechanics


This equation-free course enables learners to acquire an acute critical mind for:

  • Designing mechanical components
  • Predicting their failure modes
  • Understanding their dysfunctions
  • Modeling them as per requirements
  • Avoiding costly and unnecessary analysis
  • Checking the results of finite element studies
  • Avoiding the traps of mechanics and focusing on the essentials

Learners will develop the following skills in mechanics and heat science:

  • Approaching problems critically
  • Anticipating the behavior of structures
  • Designing mechanical components with a focus on simplicity
  • Adopting a lean or economical approach


The course lasts 4 days (24 hours) and includes 2-3 practical application sessions as discussions, tutorials and practical work.


No equations or theory, simply specific examples and practical explanations.

Very dynamic training course, based on questioning, reasoning, logic, examples (incidents, accidents) with personal experiences of each.


Course level: Basic/Advanced

Knowledge of mechanics (theoretical or practical, BTS or DUT level); curiosity, openness, listening to others.

This course is intended for engineers and senior technicians, whatever their professional experience, working in various roles (evaluators, test managers, equipment managers, technical managers, project managers, etc.) in various sectors (aeronautics, space, nuclear, naval, railway, civil engineering, test centers).


Alain PYRE :

Senior Expert in Thermomechanics for the Ariane Group.

Main activities: development of Ariane 6 and head of several training courses within the Ariane Group and Safran Group.


  • Summary of basic principles
    • Orders of magnitude in mechanics, behavior of metallic materials, principle of equilibrium, heat exchanges, concepts of hydrodynamics and aerodynamics, gyroscopic effect, and more
  • Failure modes
  • Mechanical behavior of structures
    • Slender structures and beams, pressurized components, rotating structures, clamping screwed joints, elastic and plastic buckling, stress concentrations, residual manufacturing constraints, notch sensitivity effect, elastoplastic or viscoplastic operation, etc.
  • Thermomechanical behavior of structures
    • Dilatation and constraints of thermal sources, thermal buckling, residual stresses of thermal sources, welded zones, etc.
  • Identification of scaling load cases
    • Full speed operation, start and stop transients, load combination
  • Calculation-free predictions of :
    • Structure deformation, the ways stresses develop, rupture zones, fissure formation zones, fissure direction and direction changes, residual stresses, consequences of welding on assembled parts, stress concentrations, etc.
  • Industrial examples
    • Incidents, accidents, complex operations, multiphysical coupling effects
  • Conclusions and notes


Scheduled in French:

PARIS : 22 to 25 March 2021


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€2 080 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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