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Materials for Engineers

Materials for Engineers

Learn about the different classes of materials, their characterizations, durability and fatigue properties

Materials Engineering is changing rapidly as established materials are being replaced by new materials and processes to reduce both weight and cost. The effect of these changes on design issues, such as fatigue resistance, is a concern as it is not easy to verify performance claims without background materials knowledge.

Learning objectives


  • How and why to select one material in preference to another
  • Achieve final design faster and with greater confidence
  • Information on sources, stimulation of thought, destruction of preconceptions

Topics included

  • Materials fundamentals: the influence of chemistry, microstructure, manufacture, processing and surface on performance, especially fatigue
  • Considerations for materials selection
  • Materials for demanding environments
  • Non-metals, especially polymer-based systems
  • Derivation of parameters for fatigue evaluation Failure Analysis: how to learn from negative outcomes

More Information

    * Each day will include time for a Q&A session allowing attendees the opportunity to ask specific questions.  
Day 1

  •  Metals
    • Background
    • Periodic Table
    • Bonding and Microstructure
  • Turning Metals into Engineering Materials
    • Shaping Processes
    • Casting
    • Forging and Rolling
    • Powder Metallurgy
  • Most Used Alloy Systems: Iron and Steel, Light Alloys, Others – such as copper-based
  • Polymers
    • Background
    • Bonding and Microstructure
    • Thermoset versus Thermoplastic
    • Biopolymers
Day 2

  • Turning Polymers into Engineering Materials
    • “Engineering Polymers”
    • Composites
    • Shaping processes
    • Overview of some typical systems
  • Other Materials: Glass & Ceramics
  • Mechanical Testing
    • Fatigue & Static
    • Model Specific: Chaboche and others
  • Changing the Fatigue Response of Materials
  • Failure Analysis & Diagnostic Tools
    • Metallography; optical & SEM
    • Hardness testing
    • Profilometry
    • Residual stress measurement
    • Chemical analysis

Who should attend


The course is aimed at engineers involved in design, procurement (specification) and future product development.


It is assumed that attendees are familiar with basic (pre-University) Physics and Chemistry concepts.

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