Course syllabus

Re-sit August 27th 2020

The resit in August will be an oral online exam with the diffrent teachers in the course. The intention is to keep as much as possible in the afternoon August 27th, but some online meetings might be on other dates in that week, or the week after. Timeslots outside August 27th will be aranged to fit you avalabilty. 

One or two question might be asked in writing on Canvas.

The details will be determined quite late and comunicated to those that intend to take the exam.

If you register for the exam and later decide to skip it, please help us by canceling  your registration.

 

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MMK082 Materials characterisation and failure analysis lp2 HT19 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Industrial and Materials Science

The information given her can be found in  MMK082 Course information 191024.pdf

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen. Study plan

Contact details

Examiner and lecturer: Dr Mats Norell,     mats.norell@chalmers.se, phone 031-772 1260

Project coordinator:    Swathi Manchili    manchili@chalmers.se

Aim

The students should gain knowledge about modern analytical techniques and testing methods, with focus on their use to assess material structure and properties. The course is oriented towards the application and use of specific techniques to examine material related problems in technical systems. Problems that are addressed include for example how the appearance and composition of both outer surfaces and internal material structures can be determined, measurement of material properties, choice of testing methods and analytical techniques and how the overall problem can be examined in a systematic way.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the most important methods and techniques used in materials testing and characterisation.
  • Motivate the choice of analytical methods based on the capabilities of the method and the relevance of the results to address a specific problem.
  • Apply some of these methods in practical analysis and interpret the results to examine potential causes for failure in a materials related problem.
  • Describe basic aspects of failure.

Contents

Within the course different techniques are discussed primarily aiming at different material characteristics.

The methodology of failure analysis is discussed.

An overview is given on techniques for mechanical testing, how they can be applied to different material groups and give information related to their mechanical characteristics.

Concerning especially metals, information about the structure, composition, defects and residual stresses by using optical microscopy, electron microscopy, non-destructive techniques and X-ray diffraction is discussed.

Different applications of thermal analyses are presented.

The surface analysis methods XPS and AES can be used to obtain compositional and chemical information on different materials.

Organisation

The different techniques and procedures are presented and discussed in overview lectures.

The students will work in a materials project that includes characterization. The problem should be discussed considering knowledge from previous courses, and from the literature. The students select the analysis methods that are suitable to resolve the problem considering analytical, and other feasibility factors. Then they perform the analysis, report and present the result and conclusions.

Materials characterization projects.

The materials characterization projects have been provided by companies. You will be given a component or a material and a problem description. As part of the project you will need to search for relevant information regarding e.g. the material, its structure and properties, analysis methods and the application. This should also be summarised in the report. You should suggest which analysis methods that are suitable. This will be discussed with each group during the lab tour November 19th. After approval of the analysis plan the analyses will be performed in cooperation with teaching assistants during week 4-6. Details about the booking of times for assistance will be given later during the course.

The project descriptions will be put on the course page. The projects will be done in groups with 2-3 students from the master program in Materials Engineering and 2-3 other students. Further information about the projects will be given shortly.

The report should be handed in via Canvas at the latest December 18th. If the original report is not approved, all required modifications should be completed before February 10th.

The reports will be checked for plagiarism by Urkund. Therefore, the file format should be doc, docx or some other text editing format. PDF-files can be used only if you do not lock or encrypt the information.

All participants should be active in the projects and the intention is that everyone participate in all practical activities even though this will not always be psosible. Latest December 3th, December 10th and December 21st everyone must individually submit a very brief summary of what you have done personally in the project during the previous week, and your view on the progress of the groups work. Something like 5-10 lines, never more. This assignment must be submitted via Canvas, as an attached file.

All projects are presented December 20st 8-12 in room EF. We can use about 25 minutes on each project including discussion.

Visit to Volvo Materials lab

We have been invited to visit the Materials Technology lab at Volvo Group Trucks Technology. A map will be available on the course home page. Cornelius Temmel and his colleagues will present their work and guide us through their facilities, where a great many failures are investigated from all Volvo companies as well as Volvo Cars.

The visit is on December 6th at 8:45.

 

Course home page

Handouts from lectures, latest version of this document, news about lectures etc will be found in Canvas under Files.

Literature

ASM handbook and other electronic sources, handouts and lecture notes. Relevant literature will be indicated at the lectures and in the handouts.

Examination

The course is assessed through a written exam after the course in the morning on Jan 17th 2019 at campus Johanneberg. It is compulsory to register to the exams at the latest December 19th. The exam is formulated in English, and only answers in English are accepted according to Chalmers rules for Master’s programs. The only permitted aids are printed dictionaries.

Apart from the written exam, the project needs to be passed to fulfil the requirements in the course.

The project is done in groups. All group members are required to be active. We strongly recommend that you are present at the different characterization activities. However, for practical reasons it is not compulsory for everyone to be present at every time. The report should include a brief summary of how the different members contributed to the project. The individual weekly report is also compulsory.

You are expected to attend the following activities. If you are not able to attend, you should e-mail Mats Norell to inform of the reasons. The presence will be recorded. Extra tasks may apply if you are not present.

November 19th                 Tour of the lectured facilities at the department

December 6th                   Visit to Volvo Materials lab

December 20th                 Project presentations

 

Schedule

Date

Time

Place

Lect.

Subject

4/11

 

10-12

 

MC

 

JA

 

Overview of mechanical testing,

coordinated with MTT100

5/11

 

8-10

 

EF

 

MN

 

Introduction to the course/projects

Failure analysis

6/11

8-10

EF

EH

Thermal Analysis

8/11

 

 

8-10

EF

UK

Scanning electron microscopy, SEM

10-12

EF

MN

Metallography, Fractography

12/11

 

8-12

 

EF

 

HW

 

Non-destructive testing, common types, qualification and advanced applications of mathematical modelling

13/11

8-10

EF

UK

Energy dispersive spectroscopy, EDS

15/11

 

 

 

8-10

 

EF

 

MN

 

Surface analysis and its application to failure analysis, corrosion and oxidation

10-12

EF

SG

XRD - Structure and residual stresses

19/11

8-12

Dep. Lab.

MN

Tour of the lectured facilities at the department

20/11

 

8-10

 

EF

 

AW, MN

Applications of XPS on polymers

Surface analysis, continued

22/11

8-12

ML13

MN

Project consultation

27/11

8-10

ML2

MN

Project consultation (27th or 29th)

29/11

9-12

ML3

MN

Project consultation (27th or 30th)

3/12

8-10

ML15

MN

Project consultation (3rd or 4th)

4/12

8-10

ML15

MN

Project consultation (3rd or 4th)

6/12

 

8:45-12

ML14

 

MN

 

Volvo Materials Technology lab

 

10/12

9-12

ML16

MN

Project consultation

20/12

8-12

EF

MN

Project presentations

Lecturer:       MN = Mats Norell, JA = Johan Ahlström, EH = Eduard Hryha, UK = Uta Klement, HW = Håkan Wirdelius,  SG = Sheng Guo, AW = Anne Wendel

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