Fatigue & Fracture Control

Do you know what a potential fracture critical item is? We do!

The heavy vibrations during launch of any space mission as well as the sometimes extreme amount of cycles in temperature or pressure variations may cause cracks or fatigue effects in structures.

Our offer includes:


Fracture Control Plans


Potential Fracture Critical Items (PFCIL)


Definition of loads and cycles


Selection of most suitable verification methods


Relevant fatigue and crack growth analyses

  • Fatigue verifications according to ESAFATIG, EN 1993-1-9
  • Fracture mechanics analyses with ESACRACK, NASGRO

Standards and processes followed:

ECSS-E-ST-32-01C standard
ECSS-E-HB-32 handbook series

The tools that we use:



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CAD Design

Our extensive design know-how and experience helps designing complex parts and assemblies for extreme applications.

Structure Engineering

Lightweight structures for space applications with their complex details often require more than a standard analysis. This is where our special structural engineering know-how comes in.

Test Engineering

What is the most severe environment for a spacecraft? The tests! Because of additional margins to ensure the flight environments are covered.

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Space Structures GmbH

Engineered in Germany.
Made in Europe.
Delivered worldwide.

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Space Structures GmbH

Fanny-Zobel-Str. 11

12435 Berlin, Germany

Tel: +49 30 814549 700

Fax: +49 30 814549 799



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