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Short Course on Material Failure - Analyses and Prevention

The purpose of Failure Analysis is to analyze the fracture features and to attempt to relate the topography of the fracture surface to the causes and/or basic mechanisms of failure. Different modes of crack growth produce distinct characteristic features on the surface, which can be used to help identify the mode of failure.
This course is intended to provide a practical understanding of the topic based upon theoretical knowledge of concepts that are involved in the failures of engineering materials along with a practical edge to interpret features of fracture surfaces with the help of various industrial failure case studies.

Resource Persons

Dr. Fahim Hashmi
(PhD Materials Science and Engineering) is the Founding Director of Failure Analysis
Center at IST, Islamabad.
Prof. Dr. Syed Wilayat Husain
PhD (Metallurgy), UConn.
Specialized Areas: Alloy Development, Materials Characterization.
Dr. Sajid Ullah Khan
PhD Materials Science and Engineering from University of Twente, NL.
Dr. Akbar Niaz Butt
PhD Electrochemical Corrosion Testing from The University of Nottingham, UK.


Day 1
Introduction to Failure Analysis
Fundamentals of Engineering Materials
Tools of Failure Analysis
Preservation & Preparation of Samples for Failure Analysis
Mechanical Aspects and Macroscopic Fracture Features
 Day 2
Ductile and Brittle Fracture
Fracture Mechanics and Failure
Cyclic Loading and Fatigue
Creep Deformation
 Day 3
Fracture Mechanisms and Micro-Fractographic Features
Fracture Modes & Macro-Fractographic Features
Fractography and Spectroscopy Demo (SEM lab)
 Day 4
High Temperature Fracture
Correlation: Micro/Macro-fractographic Features
Failure Analysis of Composites
Failure Prevention
 Day 5
Corrosion & Environmental Degradation
Case Studies