Part I:   "Failure Analysis of Metal Parts:
                  Principles, Practices and Technology"

Part II:
  "Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics
                  and Fatigue Analysis

      The ultimate failure analysis and fracture mechanics training opportunity, this intensive five-day course is a must for Design Engineers and Analysts, Materials Engineers, Materials Scientists, Mechanical Engineers, and Technicians.

      One of the most practical, comprehensive and up to date learning experiences available, the course provides participants with a valuable roadmap for investigating, analyzing, and solving current failure issues and preventing future ones!

Subtle Changes: The Prelude to Failure   The salient phenomenon of fatigue and ensuing fracture are subtle changes in properties and performance, which are quantified in terms of endurance, durability and damage tolerance. As a result of rapid strides in the development and emergence of a spectrum of materials and concurrent advancement in failure analysis methodologies, the concept of sustained performance, or fatigue and ensuing failure response, has emerged as a major area of scientific and applied research. Today it has cross pollinated the disciplines of materials science, and mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineering as well as engineering mechanics, bio mechanics and applied physics.

Increasing Demands on High Performance Materials.   Because of increasing demands imposed on high-performance materials and the disastrous and costly results of component failures, the need for fracture and fatigue research has gained in significance and importance. So, too, has the need for designers and engineers to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of failure investigation and analysis, and the fracture mechanics and fatigue of materials, including:

  • Gaining an understanding of how failures can originate in manufacturing processes as well as in aggressive environments.

  • Learning the fundamentals of the major environments of wear, corrosion and oxidation that lead to or accelerate failure.

  • Learning the principles and fundamentals of failure investigation, and the basic steps in analyzing the failure of a part.

  • Obtaining a basic understanding of available characterization tools and their limitations in determining root cause.

  • Grasping the fundamentals of fracture mechanics and fatigue.

  • Understanding the inter-relationship between applied load, crack geometry, stress intensity, strain, displacement and fracture toughness.

  • Learning to calculate the fracture toughness of different products.

  • Understanding fatigue phenomenon, different types of fatigue, and its influence on product performance.

  • Developing an understanding of the inter-relationship between microstructure-fatigue and fracture behavior.

  • Becoming aware of governing microscopic fracture processes.

An Exceptional Interactive Learning Opportunity.   This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about and gain a fundamental understanding of these important topics. Joining expert instructors Dr. Jacob Stiglich and Dr. T. S. Sudarshan will be Professor T. S. Srivatsan, Ph.D. of the University of Akron. In addition to encouraging questions, comments, and discussion during the course, there will also be opportunities to exchange ideas with all three instructors and other participants during breaks, lunch, and after class adjourns.

Key Course Topics.    An intermediate level course, participants with a fundamental background in mechanics of solids and materials science can successfully learn material from the other technical areas. No previous experience in fatigue or fracture is assumed. A suggested prerequisite for maximizing the learning experience are the AMA Courses "Metallurgy for Non Metallurgists" and "Introduction to Failure Analysis: Understanding Why Metal Components Fail and How to Organize a Failure Investigation."

Complete Course Documentation.   The Course Workbook completely documents the course, making the need for note taking minimal. It also contains all of the illustrations, pictures, charts and diagrams used in the course, and will serve as a valuable source of future reference. Topical highlights of this important Course include:

  • Review of Failure Investigation and Analysis Procedures
  • Objectives of a Failure Analysis
  • Steps in Failure Investigation
  • Stages of a Failure Analysis
  • Practical Issues in Failure Analysis
  • Real World Failures: Typical Case Histories
  • Development of Fracture Mechanics
  • The Energy Principle
  • Crack Tip Plasticity and Associated Effects
  • Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics
  • Fracture Toughness
  • Micro structural Effects on Fracture Toughness
  • Introduction to Fatigue
  • Cyclic Deformation in Ductile Solids
  • Phenomenological Approaches Based on Cyclic Stress and Strain
  • Fatigue Crack Initiation in Ductile Solids
  • Fatigue Crack Growth in Ductile Solids
  • The Micro mechanisms of Fracture
  • Course Summary/Group Discussion

Other AMA Courses.   Designed for non metallurgists, the AMA Professional Course Series takes the mystery out of metallurgy and advanced materials. Guaranteed to sharpen skills and techniques, they are designed to help your employees achieve a higher level of performance, faster. Introductory level courses provide employees with focused application of skills on typical functional assignments. The more advanced, intensive course versions complement the core curriculum, with the focus on the study of particular skill sets in greater depth. Advanced Materials Associates Continuing Education Courses include:

Custom tailored in-house training.   Manufacturers are being confronted with a plethora of challenges and opportunities that did not exist in times past. That is why those who are serious about success understand the cost savings, value and return on investment of a strong on site professional development/continuing education program. Whether your goal is to establish and build a training program or strengthen your company's existing professional development training, more profitably, Advanced Materials Associates can tailor a course program to your firm's specific needs and objectives.  Additional information about our corporate training program is available here.

To explore the ways in which our professional development courses can take your key employees beyond the scope of their own experience, and help them identify ways to improve and enhance productivity, please contact AMA CEO, Dr. Jacob Stiglich.

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