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Failure Analysis of Metals

Quickly getting to the bottom of a metal failure is critical for preventing future failures, keeping customers happy, and keeping manufacturing lines running. This course will teach you how to perform failure analysis of fracture, corrosion, and manufacturing failures.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this online course, you will be able to:
  • Perform a metallurgical failure analysis
  • Understand the common techniques used to analyze metals and the data obtained
  • Determine failure mode and mechanism
  • Use failure analysis information to determine the root cause of a failure

Course Information

5.00 Hours
90 Days

Is This Course For You

This course is targeted towards design, manufacturing, supplier quality and quality control engineers, sales people and purchasing agents with technical backgrounds.


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Materials Provided

  • 90 days of single-user access (from date of purchase) to the five hour presentation
  • Course handbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Proof of Participation (Transcript)

Course Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (other operating systems and mobile platforms are not supported but may work)
  • Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (other browsers are not supported but may work)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum


  • The relationship between failure analysis and root cause analysis
  • How to select, collect, handle, and prepare samples for failure analysis
  • The background information required to determine failure mechanism and root cause
  • The common techniques used for failure analysis and the data obtained
  • Which metallurgical analyses are appropriate for specific failures
  • How to determine fracture mode based on the appearance of a fracture surface
  • How to perform a failure analysis on fracture, corrosion, and manufacturing failures
  • The categories of failure root causes for specific failures
10 case studies are used to give learners experience applying the knowledge taught in the course.