2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE5730M Materials Selection and Failure Analysis
15 creditsClass Size: 65
Module manager: Dr RF Cochrane
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesThe objectives of this module are to:
- provide students with a secure grounding in quantitative methodologies for materials and process selection and the opportunity to put these into practice in a selection and specification project;
- provide students with the knowledge and confidence to tackle a forensic engineering investigation and the opportunity to carry out such an investigation on a limited scale and against strict time constraints.
On completion of this module, candidates should be able to:
- understand critically the interplay between developments in materials and engineering design;
- understand the methodology of materials and process selection in engineering design;
- understand the issues underlying the specification and sourcing of materials in design and production engineering;
- quantitatively select appropriate materials for a technical system consisting of a number of components, from specification through materials and process selection to specification and sourcing;
- deal with sources of materials property data, and realise when these are inadequate and property measurements are required;
- specify necessary in-service monitoring and carry out lifetime predictions;
- assess likely causes of component failure from a knowledge of service conditions;
- select and apply a wide range of microscopic and analytical techniques in the forensic investigation of metallurgical or materials failure;
- recommend appropriate remedial measures to prevent recurrence of a given failure.
Candidates will have had the opportunity to develop the following skills through this module: engineering reasoning and problem solving; lifetime estimation; materials and process selection; specification and sourcing; forensic engineering.
- In service failure modes;
- Methodologies of materials and process selection in structural and functional design: qualitative and quantitative;
- Materials specification and sourcing: alloy designations and materials equivalences;
- Databases and materials information sources;
- Maintenance, monitoring and lifetime predictions;
- Approach to failure analysis;
- Tools of failure analysis;
- Metallurgical failure analysis: mechanical failure, environmental effects; characteristics of fracture;
- Weld failure;
- Failure of polymers, ceramics and composites: special features of mechanical failure and environment;
- Failure prevention: design codes and inspection procedures;
- Failure in electronic components and devices;
- Case studies relevant to the individual programme of study.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||36.00|
|Private study hours||84.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyStudents will study nine units in Minerva covering the major parts of the materials and process selection methodology and the principles of carrying out a failure investigation. Each unit covers the underlying theory and practice, sets this in context with specific case studies and includes a formative, self-assessment test.
Private study: independent reading to support assignments; use of materials databases and selection software; preparation of group presentations and two individual reports.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackPerformance in formative quizzes integrated into on-line learning resources. Assessment of assignments.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||Historical survey - screencast||20.00|
|Presentation||Group liability assignment||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 23/09/2019
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