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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials

By: Gerald O. Davis, PE

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This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials

This is a three-part course sequence that describes the methods commonly used to evaluate the cause(s) of metallurgical and mechanical failures, i.e., completing root-cause failure analyses (RCFA), and recommending actions to prevent recurrences. The process is often known as forensic engineering. The procedures may be applied in legal cases in which the professional engineer doing the RCFA acts as an expert witness. However, here the primary emphasis is on finding the physical cause of metallic material failures and related engineering tasks.

The three courses may be taken separately or as a group. In general, the information in the cases histories in Part C. is built on knowledge given in Parts A. and B. plus facts provided in Course 110, Corrosion Control and Tactics. Alternatively, some P.E.’s may have previous knowledge and work experience with RCFA's of metallic materials and choose less than all three courses.

Part A. describes typical steps and procedures used in a thorough RCFA, some common classes of generic issues that can cause metallic failures, and some of the typical analytical and test techniques that are used to characterize the properties of metals that have failed. Brief comparisons are described between the usual responsibilities of the failure analyst in a legal case versus his or her actions in conducting a RCFA that does not involve legal action.

Part B. describes four common classes of specific failure mechanisms that often occur in metallic part or mechanical component failures, i.e., static stress overload, mechanical fatigue, corrosion and wear. Most of these classes of failures have multiple subclasses and each is reviewed in some detail with emphasis on how these characteristics point to effective corrective actions that may be useful. The many forms of aqueous corrosion are given special attention because of the widespread occurrence and effects of this class of failures.

Part C. provides descriptions of (6) case histories of metallurgical and mechanical failures that were completed. The objective is to provide practical examples of how the RCFA procedures and knowledge of different failure mechanisms presented in Parts A. and B. plus general engineering experience might be used. Several illustrations (sketches and photomicrographs) of the details of the cases are included. Also, a short list is provided of other RCFA examples a failure analyst working with metallurgical or mechanical failures might encounter.

056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
THOMAS L BAUHAN
01/01/2019
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GOOD OVERVIEW OF FORENSIC PROCESS
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Ben
12/28/2018
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Good overview of RCFA with recommendation examples for corrective actions, purpose and importance of report findings, industrial vs litigation settings for a jury or judge trial.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
William Fulcher
12/10/2018
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Good review of legal professional obligations
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Tom
11/30/2018
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Adequately challenging and contained useful information.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
James Lynch
10/29/2018
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It provided an excellent overview and some details.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Ed
10/27/2018
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Difficult to follow course material relative to worksheets.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Gregg Stout
10/08/2018
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Good introduction to Forensic Failure Analysis. Information coincides with personal experiences through the years.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Laren T
06/12/2018
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I enjoyed the refresher. The course reminded me of a few of the finer points that I might have lost with the passage of time. Looking forward to continuation of the series
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Charles Powell
12/30/2017
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A good review of RCFA protocols and specifics for investigating metallurgical failures contributing to failures
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Richard H. Stevens, P.E.
12/26/2017
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I liked this initial course in that it provided a framework for organized forensic examination as used in both design and litigation. Mr. Davis responded promptly to my questions early on, thereby providing some real world background. I look forward to three other related courses from Mr Davis (#057, 110 and 284).
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Jerry lee Hall
11/12/2017
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Nice overview of the Forensic Engineer's task and general requirements for the procedures involved.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Jon Heath
10/05/2017
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For this old EE with many years of heavy industry engineering and maintenance experience, this was both a good refresher and a class that added a number of new insights. The course requires a lot of focus, as the test responses are not set out to be obvious, but it is a good course overall.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
Peter Donahue
10/02/2017
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well done course
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
David Caggiano
09/12/2017
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good course
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
David Wegner
09/06/2017
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Some of the writing was not clear.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A - Conducting Failure Analyses of Metallic Materials
04/28/2017
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Course met learning objectives.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Millard Powledge
03/21/2017
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Removing machining marks on a shaft has nothing to do with defective design.
A portion of the review was omitted because it addressed specific test questions and answers.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Ellis Higginbotham
03/06/2017
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This course is a good introduction to forensic engineering.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Darrell Hanecki
02/28/2017
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Well designed course. Good organization and clarity in explanations. Useful for any engineering discipline engaged in expert witness work.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
12/29/2016
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For a practicing EE, this was a challenge. However, I expect this to be useful information in the future.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Tom Niedergeses P.E.
12/19/2016
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This was an interesting and engaging read.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Frank Hogshead
12/18/2016
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This is one of the worst courses I have ever taken with Sun Cam. The answers did not follow the tutorial and some had to be inferred rather being obvious in the tutorial. For a neophyte in this subject, I found it to be at a much more advanced level than I expected.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Nick Halbrook
12/08/2016
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Good course worth the 2 pdh accrued. Consider rewording Q13 to make it more clearly a design defect as opposed to a possible material defect due to processing or fabrication as follows: instead of - lack of a full penetration weld in a fabricated part, say - lack of specifying a full penetration weld in a ...; or if your intent was that the answer be material defect due to processing or fabrication [tho I do not agree with processing or fabrication errors being tied to material defect] then say lack of full penetration of welds [note the second of]. See Table 1 Material Defects and Design Defects.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
10/27/2016
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title not descriptive of course
We provide access to the complete course document and the test prior to purchase. No one should be surprised by the course content.
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Thomas Langley
10/15/2016
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Found course interesting, easy to follow and informative. This course provided me with a good basis for forensic engineering analysis, plus I enjoyed it!
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056-Forensic Engineering Part A
Robert McCabe
07/02/2016
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OK
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056-Forensics Engineering A
Anonymous reviewer
04/26/2016
Brief refresher on using scientific method for failure analysis.
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A Good Introduction
Kip Barkley, PE
04/10/2016
This a good over view for an EE who does not do a lot of materials work.
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completely satisfied
Rick
02/19/2016
Interesting reading. Increased my knowledge of legal aspects for sure.
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Forensic Engineering - Part A
Roger Griffith
12/29/2015
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The course was accurate and helpful.
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anonymous
06/03/2015
Good review of basic forensic engineering.
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Charles Allred
01/25/2015
Since I have no experience in Forensic analysis, this was an excellent starter course for me.
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anonymous
02/17/2014
Narrow focus on metallurgy should be expanded.
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Good Overview
John Heimall
01/08/2014
The course is a good overview of the forensic side of engineering.
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anonymous
11/18/2013
Thought the course provided a good perspective on the process that is generalizable to other disciplines outside of metallurgy.
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Charlie R. Mitchell
11/14/2013
The written material was ideal for this course. However, I would suggest that the test have fewer negative typw of questions.
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Beth Doty
02/17/2013
Very well presented and organized. Excellent advice about how to conduct not only an analysis, but oneself as the expert.
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anonymous
02/04/2011
Some of the questions were not clearly covered in the reading material.
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anonymous
01/12/2011
Good, brief introduction to forensic engineering.
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09/07/2010
Excellent explaination of subject matter. Worthwhile and good
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Mike
08/30/2010
An interesting read. Very relevant to anyone getting started in RCFA.
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P.E.
anonymous
08/12/2010
Good introduction to RCFA investigation and reporting.
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anonymous
07/16/2010
Intersting material and a valuable subject, that is not usually found.
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