April 9, 2013

ASM Houston Chapter
Fracture Mechanics Seminar
April 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Program Chairman:
Troy Powell – Timken

Seminar Location:
Kingwood Country Club
1700 Lake Kingwood Trail
Kingwood, TX  77339

Registration Times:
7:45 – 8:45 am on Tuesday April 9th, 2013.

Seminar Duration:

Tuesday April 9th, 2013 from 8:45 am – 8:00 pm

  • Attendees will earn 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) for full day, 4 PDH’s for the half day and 1 for the dinner talk.

Download Fracture Mechanics Seminar Program Schedule and Registration Form

Meeting Location!

Kingwood Country Club

Register for Seminar

When you register for the Full Day or the Afternoon Session, it includes your dinner reservation. If you would like to attend the dinner meeting only, the registration link is below.

Register for April 9th Dinner Meeting Only

Exhibition Open during Lunch and Social Hour

Exhibitor Registration

For Exhibitors information contact:
Elizabeth Huber

Exhibitors to be set up by 11 a.m.

Exhibitor List

  • Anderson & Associates, Inc.
  • An-tech
  • Element Materials Technology
  • Exova
  • KnightHawk Engineering
  • Leica Microsystems
  • Materion Brush Performance Alloys
  • Precision Surfaces International
  • Stress Engineering Services

Dinner Meeting April 9, 2013

Social Hour: 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Dinner: 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Technical Talk: 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Improving the Fracture-Based Performance Equation for OCTG Tubular Alloy Steels in Sour Environments
Xin Long – US Steel
Pete Moore – US Steel


A practical summary of the fundamentals of fracture mechanics and tools for solving problems related to critical crack size, brittle fracture, crack growth, and fracture mechanics-based fatigue life estimation for both engineers and non-engineers who need a better understanding of the relationship between fracture toughness, stress and predicted failure.

The morning sessions will focus on theory and the afternoon sessions will present applications.

Registration: 7:45 am– 8:45 am

Session I: 8:45 – 10:45 am

Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
E. Buddy Damm, The Timken Co.
A practical review of the use of fracture mechanics together with materials science principles to evaluate fatigue and fracture performance.

Session II: 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Computational Fracture and Fatigue Design
Roger Cordes and Daniel Ayewah, Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Processes, analytical codes and methods and relevant standards to perform modern day Engineering Critical Analyses (ECA’s) for fracture and fatigue risk assessments

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch (Provided)
Exhibits / display table area open

Session III: 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Testing
Mike Pendleton – Fracture Mechanics Engineer, Element Materials Technology
A review of the testing techniques used to quantify a material’s resistance to fracture and fatigue.

Session IV: 1:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Applications of Fracture Mechanics
Various Speakers
Topics include: Application of Finite Element Analysis to Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Life Evaluation, Prediction of Bearing and Gear Life Utilizing Fracture Mechanics, Fracture Aided Design in Testing Alloy Steels for Sour Service, and Fracture Mechanics in the Design of HPHT Wellhead Equipment and Drilling Risers.

Dinner Meeting

Xin Long, US Steel Company
Improving the Fracture-Based Performance Equation for OCTG Tubular Alloy Steels in Sour Environments