Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 245–247 | Cite as




Aug 15-19

Mechanical Testing of Metals

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

This course is a hands-on introduction to standard mechanical testing and the properties derived from those tests, together with a discussion of testing philosophy to determine suitability for service and suitability for manufacture. Standardized testing procedures (ASTM, SAE, AWWA, etc.) are discussed, including limitations of a test, why specific requirements are present in the test procedure, and interpretation of experimental results. There is discussion of how metallurgical variables can affect test results, and how microstructure can affect selection of a given testing procedure (for example, hardness testing of wrought vs. cast material) (3.0 CEUs).

Aug 22-26

Metallography for Failure Analysis

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

This practical lab course focuses on metallographic techniques of failure analysis and will take the students through the process of initial visual examination, fracture cleaning, documentation, and unusual metallographic sample preparation techniques and metallographic interpretation of various failure modes. The students are encouraged to bring their own samples to prepare. Samples of various failure modes will also be provided (3.0 CEUs).

Aug 29-Sep 2


Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

This course is designed for a broad cross-section of failure analysis practitioners. Failure analysis principles, tools, and mechanisms are covered in detail. In addition, the practical aspects and importance of considering the failed part, the material of construction, and the failure circumstances in combination is stressed. Emphasis is placed on learning the macroscopic failure modes and correlation of these observations with microscopic fracture surface features. The salient points are illustrated with case histories. Course attendees are also encouraged to bring case histories to share in an interactive manner (3.0 CEUs).

Sep 12-16

Metallurgy for the NonMetallurgist

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

Metals and alloys are used in the greatest variety of applications of all engineering materials. As such it is essential for those involved in manufacturing, engineering, and construction to have an understanding of what metals are, how they behave, and why they behave differently than ceramics, glass, and plastics. It is also important to understand how they can be made stronger or more corrosion resistant, how they can be shaped by casting, forging, forming, machining, or welding, and how these processes can alter properties. This course provides this important knowledge to those who are not metallurgists (3.0 CEUs).

Sep 12-16

Scanning Electron Microscopy

Open image in new window

IMR Test Labs, Lansing, NY

This course is a practical introduction to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), a common and often essential tool in the evaluation and analysis of materials. It is designed for both beginning and intermediate SEM users, and offers a hands-on approach to electron microscopy that includes tips and tricks the student can use in his or her own laboratory. In addition to imaging detectors, SEMs are often equipped with instrumentation for analysis of x-ray signals generated by beam/sample interactions. Energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) is the most common method to identify and quantify elements present in a bulk samples or small (micron-scale) particles and phases. A significant portion of the course is devoted to understanding the origin and interpretation of x-ray data by EDS (3.0 CEUs).

Sep 19-21

Gear Failure Analysis

Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, MT

Students will examine the various types of gear failure, such as macropitting, micropitting, scuffing, tooth wear, and breakage. Possible causes of these failures will be presented, along with some suggested ways to avoid them. A gear failure analysis expert will use a variety of tools and methods—lectures, slide presentations, hands-on workshops with failed gears, and Q&A sessions—to give a comprehensive understanding of the reasons for gear failure. Participants are encouraged to bring their own failed gears or photographs for discussion.

Contact: Jan Alfieri, AGMA Education Manager, American Gear Manufacturers Association, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Fifth Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314-1587; tel: 703/684-0211; e-mail:; web:

Sep 26-27

How to Organize and Run a Failure Investigation

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

Students will learn a proven systematic approach to failure investigation, which utilizes examples from the aerospace industry and teaches the steps to follow. The effect of various failure sources, such as corrosion, on the organization of the investigation will be analyzed. It will provide a learning platform for engineers from all disciplines; materials, design, manufacturing, quality, and management (1.3 CEUs).

Sep 26-30

Practical Interpretation of Microstructures

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

Practical Interpretation is a hands-on course. The microstructures, heat treatment, and use of each group of alloys are presented in a lecture. The lecture is followed by viewing of actual structures on a projection screen, and the features of the structures are pointed out and discussed. The students then examine the over 200 mounts at their microscope stations and compare them with an illustrated and annotated notebook of the structures. There are no prerequisites, but the basic knowledge of sample preparation, heat treating, or metallurgy will enhance the understanding of the presented material. Students are encouraged to bring prepared metallographic specimens to the class for discussion (3.0 CEUs).

Sep 28-30

Principles of Failure Analysis (3-day)

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

This lecture course is designed to provide the knowledge to bridge the gap between theory and practice of failure analysis. This course presents a very practical approach to failure analysis for those who are new to the field or those who want an update. It is also designed for technicians with the prerequisites and those interested in understanding how knowledge of failure analysis can lead to better productivity. Causes of fractures are explained with diagrams of stress application and distribution. Many case histories of failures and their elimination are highlighted throughout the course (2.0 CEUs).

Oct 2-7

Basic Corrosion

Las Vegas, NV

This course focuses on corrosion and the potential problems caused by corrosion. It provides a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which it can be identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments and case studies, as well as an open discussion format.

Contact: NACE International, 1440 South Creek Drive, Houston, TX 77084-4906; tel: 281/228-6200 or 800/797-6223; fax: 281/228-6300; e-mail:; web:

Oct 10-14

Applied Techniques for Failure Analysis

Open image in new window

ASM Headquarters, Materials Park, OH

This course is designed to teach the student (1) the engineering mechanisms of material failure, (2) the techniques of failure analysis, and (3) to examine the failures of actual engineering components. A practical hands-on laboratory experience will be provided so that the student can apply the failure theory to the solution of actual engineering problems. Failed components will be examined using macro and micro techniques. Each student is responsible for completing two failure analysis problems and writing a report summarizing the work done on each problem. The entire class works on the same instructor-supplied problem for one assignment. The student chooses the second problem, preferably from his or her own samples. Students are encouraged to bring failed parts from their work environments and will be contacted prior to attending to discuss their samples (3.0 CEUs).

Oct 20-21

Aircraft Cabin Safety and Interior Crashworthiness

Centre de Congres Pierre Baudis & Toulouse Expo, Toulouse, France

The certification of transport category cabin interiors requires a thorough understanding of Part 25 Transport Category aircraft cabin interior safety and crashworthiness regulations and compliance requirements. Regardless of whether it is a simple modification, a specialized completion (VIP or VVIP) or airline passenger configuration, engineers, designers, and airworthiness personnel must understand and adhere to these requirements.

This two day seminar will begin with a discussion of Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) test requirements. The instructor will then guide participants through the various cabin interior emergency provisions and their requirements such as supplemental passenger oxygen, emergency equipment, seats, flammability, emergency exits, emergency lighting and escape path markings, and various other cabin interior systems. Additionally, DO-160 environmental, cooling and ventilation requirements will be discussed to provide participants a comprehensive introduction to cabin interior safety and crashworthiness requirements as specified in the CFR Part 25 Airworthiness Standards (1.3 CEUs).

Contact: SAE World Headquarters, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096-0001; tel: 877/606-7323 (724/776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada); fax: 724/776-0790; e-mail:; web:


Copyright information

© ASM International 2011

Personalised recommendations