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Metallurgical and Mechanical Root Cause Failure Analyses
Date: April 13, 2016
Time: 9am - 5:30pm
Location: Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center, Newport News, Virginia
CEUs: 8 contact hours/0.8 CEUs
Instructor: Gerald O. Davis, P.E.

This short course identifies Root Cause Failure Analyses and their primary uses, including the methodology for conducting RCFA, review of specific failure mechanisms, laboratory techniques, and the use of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to minimize later in-service failures.

The afternoon session will be devoted to interactive case histories of failures. Participants are welcome to bring a brief written description of a real-world failure scenario for possible inclusion in the selected case histories.

Key topics include:

  • Definition of RCFAs and their two primary uses
  • What constitutes a "failure"? - it can take several forms - with examples
  • Broad, generic reasons for metallic material failures
  • Methodology for conducting a thorough RCFA - discussion of each step in the process
  • Review of specific failure mechanisms and discussion of each, e.g., static or cyclic stress overload, corrosion, creep, etc.
  • Overview of typical laboratory techniques used to investigate material failures
  • General description of the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) procedure and its use during the early design stage to minimize later in-service failures
  • Presentation and discussions of case histories of RCFA’s
  • Suggested engineering reference sources

Fee: $325.00
Registration fee includes all course materials, lunch and refreshments. Registration deadline is 4:00pm April 6, 2016 .

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