Division Structural Durability
Structural durability deals with the assessment of the design, dimensioning and service life of components and structures in the presence of mechanical loads.
Mechanical Structures are analysed with respect to aspects of light-weight construction, safety and reliability. Structural Durability deals with the capability of structures or components to withstand the loads encountered in service over a specified period of use without failure occurring in the form of incipient cracks or unacceptable degradation.
In addition to the existing loads, further key factors affecting the durability of a design include material properties, geometry, manufacturing processes and ambient conditions.