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Metallurgical Investigation and Failure Analysis Lecture


£700 plus 20% VAT

Group discounts may be available - enquire when registering for the course


1 day - approx. 6 hrs

Date & Time

24 July 2024 at 07:45:00

Course Venue

Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills,
University of Wolverhampton,
Springfield Campus
Wolverhampton WV10 0JR - (Car Park access off Grimstone Street)

Possible Funding

Please check out the link below for possible funding for courses from the Foundry Training Trust

About the Course

The first part of this lecture will be to present the online web training presentation to the delegates on the theory of the 19 stages of metallurgical investigtion techniques that can be undertaken to analyse failure in metal and alloys.

The 19 Stages will include:

  1. Collection of background data

  2. Selection of samples

  3. Preliminary examination of the failed part(s)

  4. Chemical composition

  5. Non-destructive testing

  6. Plan of action

  7. Consolidation of Benchmark Standards and Data

  8. Visual examination

  9. Fracture examination

  10. SEM

  11. Hardness tests

  12. Macroscopic examination

  13. Longitudianal or Transverse Macro sections/others

  14. Microscopic examination

  15. SEM

  16. Stress analysis

  17. Mechanical Testing

  18. Chemical analysis

  19. Testing under simulated service conditions

There will be an opportunity for you to have hands on experience investigating some of the above 19 stage sequence on actual sample material.

During your investigations you will produce facts, data, and the objective outcomes rather than relying on opinions and feelings during group activities.

This practical examination will reinforce the presented digital images from the presentation and provide stimulating discussions and debates through question and answers from your findings for you to gain maximum benefit and understanding of metallurgical investigation and failure analysis.


You will return to your workplace with an increased knowledge of how to conduct metallurgical investigations and failure analysis.

You will understand what types of investigation techniques are available and how these may be used in the industrial sector that uses metallurgy.

These 19 stages will highlight the importance of record keeping, chemical analysis, visual macro and micro examinations and how theory and practical characteristics are used to conduct investigations.

You will understand what visual investigations you should consider when inspecting failure of the end product before conducting the full investigation.

Richard SA Brown BEd, CertEd, MIMMM, Fellow ICME


Richard SA Brown BEd, CertEd, MIMMM, Fellow ICME

Richard is an innovative, experienced and versatile Metallurgist with experience and practical knowledge within the industrial sector. He has transferred his Metallurgist workplace knowledge, application and experience skillset to become an Educationalist.

His passion is in metallurgical failure investigation and metallurgical examinations, supporting and providing outcomes for internal and external customers.

Who is this course for?

To attend this course, you will ideally have an understanding and knowledge of metallurgical aspects of metals and alloys and understand the importance of why it is imperative to have a structure in place to undertake a metallurgical investigation and failure analysis procedure.

This course is ideal for:

Metallurgical technicians and metallurgists, engineers, mechanical and technical engineers, manufacturing and design engineers, metallographic engineer, lab and NDT technicians along with technicians who operate in rolling, extrusion and forging technicians, individuals working in casting and product casting, melting shop and pattern making and heat treatment technicians.

If you also work in heat treatment, mechanical testing with inspection and technical sales/customer services.

Cancellation Terms

7 working days before the event - 25% refund
4 working days before and on the day of the event - no refund


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