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Metallurgical Failure Analysis & Prevention


A one day introduction into the investigation, mechanisms and prevention of material failures due to mechanical and environmental factors.

Course aims

To provide professionals with an introduction into why materials fail. Including failure investigation and prevention, as well as the mechanisms of fracture & corrosion related failures.

Who should attend

Professionals who wish to gain an understanding of material failures and procedures for investigation and prevention.

Introduction to Failure

  • Objectives of a failure investigation
  • Strategy for failure investigation
  • Consequences of metal failures
  • Introductory Case Studies

Basic Metallurgy

  • Structure of metals
  • Heat treatment
  • Mechanical working
  • Alloying of metals & microstructures

Metal Properties & Failure

  • Strength
  • Toughness
  • Hardness
  • Fracture mechanisms
  • Weld defects

Failure mechanisms

  • Fatigue
  • Stress corrosion cracking
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Creep
  • Corrosion

Failure Analysis techniques

  • Evidence & circumstances
  • Sampling strategies
  • Mechanical testing
  • Metallography – optical & SEM
  • Chemical analysis
  • Non-destructive testing

Case Studies

  • BP Foinavon
  • Liberty ships
  • Challenger space shuttle
  • Hatfield rail crash

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how components fail, why they fail in a given mode, and how to prevent failures
  • Identify the various factors that need to be considered in material selection, design and the service environment
  • Recognise the basic features and characteristics of different failure mechanisms
  • Recommend testing or analysis that can help determine the cause of the failures
  • Gain experience in metallurgical failure analysis in different scenarios
  • Specify appropriate detection methods to prevent component failure

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Course Key Facts

Course Duration: 1 day

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Upcoming Course Dates

  • 28th September, 2017
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