The Engineer's Guide to Failure Analysis

Course Location The Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire
Cost £0
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Course provider Pump Centre - ESR Technology Ltd
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The Engineer€™s Guide to Failure Analysis

A one-day training course covering the main failure sources, types, analysis and approaches to prevention of failures, with copious examples.

The past two decades have seen a rapid increase in the need to understand the root causes of equipment failure. The main driving force for this area of safety is reliability and the expense of unplanned downtime and associated maintenance. A failure investigation should determine the primary cause of failure, pointing to corrective action that will prevent similar failures. Engineers, scientists, technicians and metallurgists often have to combine their skills in an investigation. This course cannot turn anyone into a failure analyst overnight, but it is intended to demonstrate in the first instance what can be done and show how an appreciation of failure analysis techniques can significantly assist in the correct identification of the underlying problem.


The course will:

Show how and why components fail from an engineering and a materials viewpoint
Give an increased awareness of potential trouble-spots
Teach delegates a logical approach to failure analysis, increasing the likelihood of a correct diagnosis
Give an understanding into the requirements for preserving forensic evidence - failure analysis is detective work, learn to spot the clues!
Develop an appreciation of failure analysis techniques and the equipment available
Topics will include:

Understand how and why components fail and develop an increased awareness of potential trouble-spots
Failure mechanisms - what are the effects of design, operation, materials degradation e.g. corrosion, wear, fatigue
Learn a logical, analytical approach to failure analysis to increase the likelihood of getting the correct diagnosis
Gain an appreciation of the failure analysis techniques and specialist equipment available to engineers and when and when not to call in independent experts

This course has been specifically designed for engineers and technicians, whose work involves them in maintaining and managing plant. It is also relevant to design engineers who would benefit from a practical understanding of how and why components fail. It would also be of benefit to those managers who have to deal with the consequences of lost production or safety breaches when plant and equipment fail.

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