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