Failure investigation for non materials experts - Sheffield Innovation Programme

27/10/2017 - 10/11/2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

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About The Event


The trend for small engineering / manufacturing businesses to have no in-house materials expertise reduces their ability to diagnose and respond to, in-process and in-service failures. Such failures can constitute a crisis for a small business, particularly when they occur in-service. Equally, routine and well-informed investigation and solving of failures, particularly during processing and manufacture, is vital to a well-founded quality management system and often signposts the direction for useful innovation that can bring competitive advantage through new techniques / processes / products or by reduction of waste / re-work in an existing process.

This two day workshop is run by the Materials and Engineering Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Day one (27/10/17 9am – 4pm) will cover:

  • An overview of the common failure causes
  • An introduction to corrosion
  • Introduction to fatigue
  • The less-common failure causes
  • The failure investigation process
  • Sample handling / taking

Day two (10/11/17 9am – 4pm) will cover:

  • Visual inspection, “reading” a fracture, failure context
  • Sample prep and high-powered optical microscopy / metallography
  • “Triaging” of failures for cost-effective sub-contracted failure investigation
  • Low-power optical microscopy and fractography
  • Electron microscopy
  • Laboratory demonstrations

The workshops are for engineering / manufacturing businesses with engineering skills but no on-site materials scientists as well as businesses undertaking failure investigation work.