FEMFAT Academic 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. Beside 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 depthen 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 will be awarded as from 2019 during the International FEMFAT User Meetings in Steyr, Austria. This bi-annual conference enables a broad discussion forum to exchange with users from industry, experts from research and science and the FEMFAT development and support team.

This award honors scientific works focused on fatigue life and durability, as well as applications and future developments in fatigue life prediction. A jury represented by experts from industry and science will review the submissions and evaluate a winner prior to the user meeting. The winner presents his work to an expert auditorium at the International FEMFAT User Meeting (mandatory). Other selected submissions will have the opportunity to present their works by posters during the user meeting.

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
  • ...

Important information

Deadline of submission: February 28th, 2019

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 pictures max. 3 pages without pictures) in English

If possible please prepare additional information in order to to facilitate the jury’s assessment. The quality and presentation design of the submitted documents will be judged as well. Please accept our reservation of disapproval or non-consideration of registrations.

The award is open to: Academic and university staff members, like professors, assistants, research associates, students, …

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.


  • This award is endowed with € 5.000,- 
  • Precondition for receiving the award price is to present the thesis at the FEMFAT User Meeting in Steyr
  • ‚Hall of Fame‘ registration of the Academic Fatigue Award on the FEMFAT website