life assessment
crack growth
damage tolerance
structural integrity
stress intensity
boundary element
fracture control
critical crack size

Three-Day Training Course
at SwRI


The next NASGRO short course at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, is scheduled for April
4–6, 2017. Please contact SwRI to register for the next training class.

This course is intended for engineers and scientists with a background in fracture mechanics wanting to become more familiar with the NASGRO suite of fracture mechanics and fatigue crack growth software. The course is taught using both lectures and hands-on example problems. A tentative course outline is provided below.

Course Outline:

Day 1

  • Course overview

  • Theory and background on fatigue crack growth

  • Introduction to NASGRO and the User Interface

  • Overview of geometry library

  • Specifying material properties in NASFLA

  • Load spectrum input

  • Running the analysis and reviewing results

Day 2

  • Load interaction models

  • Failure criteria

  • Advanced load spectrum development

  • Small crack features and analysis

  • Special topics

Day 3

  • Material modeling in NASMAT

  • Additional example problems


Tuition for the three-day course is $1750.
For members of the NASGRO Industrial Consortium, tuition is $875.
Tuition covers a copy of the course notes, refreshments during the day, lunches and a course dinner for all attendees on the first day.

Register Early as Space is Limited!

The maximum class size is 21 attendees, based on one student per available training computer. Registration is first come, first served, based on the order that payment is received. We anticipate the course reaching capacity quickly. Your registration in the course is confirmed only after you have paid the tuition in full.

Registration Info:

To register for the short course please contact Ms. Alberta “Birdie” Matthews[ or (210) 522-3076], with your payment information. Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Refunds will be provided for registrants unable to attend the course ONLY if written notification is provided to Alberta Matthews no later than 30 days prior to the course. In the unlikely event of insufficient registration, Southwest Research Institute reserves the right to cancel the course no later than 30 days prior to the course.

Please contact Craig McClung ( or Joe Cardinal ( with any other questions regarding this course.

SwRI engineers have provided NASGRO training to more than 850 students in short courses conducted both at SwRI in San Antonio and on-site at individual client locations.

NASGRO Training at Your Facility:

The SwRI short course team is available to present the NASGRO short course at your site upon request. Costs to present the course at your site depend on course duration, location and facilities; these fees support the actual expenses of staff time, travel, and reproduction of course materials. The content of the course can be tailored to your specific needs. Please contact Joe Cardinal (, [(210) 522-3323] to discuss the details of having a NASGRO training course at your facility.

To date, SwRI has conducted onsite NASGRO trainings for the following clients:

  • Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, CT (2006)

  • Lockheed Martin, Michoud Assembly Facility, LA (2006)

  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (2007)

  • NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH (2007)

  • SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA (2008)

  • AgustaWestland, Cascina Costa, Italy (2008)

  • NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (2009)

  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (2009)

  • NAVAIR, Lakehurst, NJ (2009)

  • NAVAIR, San Diego, CA (2009)

  • NASA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (2009)

  • Bombardier Aerospace, Montreal, Canada (2010)

  • Boeing, Houston, TX (2010)

  • European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands (2010)

  • European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands (2011)

  • Airbus, Toulouse, France (2011)

  • Siemens Energy, Orlando, FL (2012)

  • United Space Alliance, Titusville, FL (2012)

  • European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands (2012)

  • European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands (2013)

  • Virgin Galactic, Mojave, CA (2014)

  • AgustaWestland, Vergiate, Italy (2014)

  • NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (2014)

  • SpaceX, Hawthorne, CA (2015)

  • European Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands (2015)

  • Latecoere, Toulouse, France (2016)

  • RUAG Space, Zurich, Switzerland (2017)

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