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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses

By: Gerald O. Davis, PE

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Course Objective

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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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses

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.

284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
Laren Tushim, PE
06/19/2018
Verified Buyer
I enjoyed the review of these metallurgical failures. Reminded me of my offshore and near water installation failures and the approaches we used to identify, address, and/or resolve the issues involved. My skills are certainly a bit sharper after this.
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
Rich Stevens
12/26/2017
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I took the three FE courses in rapid succession - 056, 057 and 284. They took about the amount of time budgeted, including a conversation with the author where I gained significant insight; Mr. Davis also shared insight on the underlying references. This course left me better prepared to serve my customers, and as a bonus, was quite interesting.
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
Jon Heath
12/08/2017
Verified Buyer
This was the most interesting, enjoyable, and insightful part of the three-course series, thanks to the author's use of case studies which were very well described and explained in the text.
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
David Caggiano
10/08/2017
Verified Buyer
good course
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
Rick
08/21/2017
Verified Buyer
Entertaining and educational. Very good!
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
Gordon Holmes
07/27/2017
Verified Buyer
Very well done. Good follow on to the first 2
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284-Forensic Engineering Part C - Case Histories: Metallurgical & Mechanical Failure Analyses
05/19/2017
Verified Buyer
The course provides a good methodology of analyzing metallic failures. The six examples are interesting.
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