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MMK081 - Materials characterisation and failure analysis
Owner: TMASA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0198 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   17 Dec 2006 pm V,  29 Aug 2007 pm V

In programs

TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Engineering metals, Year 4 (elective)
MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Basic and applied materials science and eng., Year 1 (elective)


Professor  Lars Nyborg


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in Materials Science and Engineering.


The course aims at improving the knowledge about modern analytical techniques and testing methods used when assessing materials behaviour. Focus is placed on methods and techniques that can provide answers to proper use of materials, damage and failures. Subject to participants background the lectures may be delivered in English or Swedish.


Methods and techniques addressed within the course are as follows:

mechanical testing (tensile, creep, toughness)
optical microscopy (including computer-assisted image analysis)
electron microscopy (introduction)
Auger electron spectroscopy (introduction)
Non-destructive testing

The methods/techniques are treated from a problem-oriented perspective including different case studies. The aim is to establish systematic knowledge among the course participants regarding the cause and identification of materials-related failure of components. Issues that are treated include for example location of fracture, appearance of fracture surfaces, correlation of material properties with materials behaviour, choice of technique and methodology for systematic gain of results.


The course includes both lectures and problem-oriented laboratory work where the students will have training in problem solving concerning failure of materials. Through the course it is intended that the participants will gain basic insight concerning failure analysis and the application of modern materials characterisation techniques in this context.


Compendium and lecture notes.


Written examination. Seminar presentation of laboratory project including written report.

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