Academic Fatigue Research Award


The Engineering Center Steyr (ECS) develops the worldwide known and successful fatigue-software FEMFAT. Since many years, the ECS relies on the cooperation with technical colleges, universities and F&E institutes. Besides the own innovation power, collaborations form the foundation for the high-end technology FEMFAT is known worldwide.

It is of high interest for us to further strengthen these collaborations, to intensify our engagement in the area of fatigue life prediction and to foster students' interests in fatigue. 

This intention laid the foundation to initiate the „Academic Fatigue Research Award “. This price has been awarded 2019 during the twelfth International FEMFAT User Meetings in Austria for the first time. This bi-annual conference has been integrated in the ECS Simulation Conference and enables a broad discussion forum to exchange with users of all ECS Software packages from industry, experts from research and science and the development and support teams.

This award honors scientific works focused on fatigue life and durability, as well as applications and future developments in fatigue life prediction. A jury will review the submissions and declare a winner prior to the Conference. The winner presents his work to an expert auditorium at the FEMFTA session in the ECS Simulation Conference (mandatory). Other selected submissions will have the opportunity to present their works by posters during this Conference in Linz from May 10th to 11th 2023.

Papers focusing on the following topics are accepted for submission:

  • New methods in durability analysis
  • New applications for durability analysis
  • Materials and it’s characteristics regarding fatigue strength
  • Light weight aspects of durability
  • Coupling of fatigue analysis and optimization, process simulation, …
  • Interaction between fatigue life simulation and fatigue testing
  • New assessment concepts
  • Investigations of influences on fatigue life 
  • Durability of joining technologies
  • ...

​​​​​​​Deadline of submission: January 31st, 2023

The award is open to: Graduate works not older than 3 years like bachelor thesis, master thesis, doctor thesis and habilitation treatise.

Documents: Curriculum vitae, Title of presentation and extended abstract (max. 5 pages including picture) in English

The primary criterion of rating will be the technical novelty and the applicability to industry, but the quality and design of the submitted documents will be judged as well. Decisions of disapproval or non-consideration of registrations have to be accepted

Please click here to see the competition guideline.

Important Information

​​​​​​​Who can participate?

All students and graduates whose theses/dissertations were approved or completed no more than 3 years before the start of the competition submission period.

Submission period

The submission period begins on October 1st, 2022 and ends on January 31st, 2023.

Where do I make my submission?

Submissions should be made electronically via the upload link at femfat.magna.com.

Conditions for submission

Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract (max. 5 pages) in English or in German. The participant’s CV should also be provided. The abstract should include the following information in particular:

  • Improvement in expected fatigue life
  • Industrial applicability
  • Expansion of scope of application to include new materials and/or joints 

If evaluations, marks or awards for the thesis/dissertation exist, these can be included with the abstract.

By submitting their abstract, participants agree to abide by the rules for deciding the award winner. Participants note in particular that the decision of the jury is final, and that the jury is not required to provide any justification for decisions against individual participants.

Participants note that the data provided to ECS in the course of sending in their submission will be processed and stored electronically, including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Electronic contact details (phone no., e-mail address)
  • CV including photo of participant
  • Participant’s university/higher education institution 
  • Participant’s field of study
  • Title and abstract of thesis/dissertation 
  • Thesis/dissertation supervisor 
  • Thesis/dissertation completion date
  • Non-disclosure notice (yes/no)  

Participants note that in order to receive the prize money the submission must be presented at the ECS Simulation Conference (participation is free, but travel costs are to be borne by the prize winner). ECS is entitled to print out handouts of the abstract presentations for the Meeting.

Submissions subject to a non-disclosure notice are also eligible for our competition. The abstract will be treated confidentially, and in the event of uncertainty the jury members reserve the right to request further details. 

The name of the prize winner and the title of the winning thesis/dissertation will be published on the femfat.magna.com homepage.  

​​​​​​​What are we looking for?

We are looking for abstracts “of particular interest” for simulating the fatigue life of components. This open wording was deliberately chosen to give the jury the largest possible scope for discretion in their judgements. The general criteria for jury evaluation include, but are not limited to: 

  • Degree of innovation 
  • Technical level 
  • Scientific specification and design 
  • Independent thought (evidence of new, individual approaches) 
  • Commercial benefit (competitive advantage, improvement for the development process)
  • Other benefits/effects (e.g. lightweight design, optimisation, resources) 

The quality of the submissions determines whether a prize will be awarded, with a prize of € 5000 on offer. Other participants may be invited to attend the Poster presentation. 

The jury will vote to decide the winner and any other outstanding submissions for the Poster session (as mentioned above, the jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed). 

Participants will be informed of the jury’s decision at the latest by the end of February of the respective year. The awards will be presented as part of the ECS Simulation Conference.

Engineering Center Steyr GmbH & Co KG
Steyrerstrasse 32
A-4300 St. Valentin

DI Klaus Hofwimmer
Tel.: +43 (0) 7435 501 DW 2322 (Fax 9322)
E-mail: klaus.hofwimmer(at)magna.com

Jury representative:
DI Helmut Dannbauer
Tel.: +43 (0) 7435 501 DW 2310 (Fax 9310)
E-mail: helmut.dannbauer(at)magna.com

  • This award is endowed with € 5.000,- 
  • Precondition for receiving the awarded price is to present the thesis at the ECS Simulation Conference 2023 in Linz
  • ‚Hall of Fame‘ registration of the Academic Fatigue Research Award on the FEMFAT website



Paper submission for the next FEMFAT Academic Award will be open soon. Stay posted!