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Understanding why structural materials fail and the methods for analysing and predicting the structural integrity of a material during service are extremely important in industry, both at the initial design stage as well as in-service and end-of-life analysis of components. The course will develop the student?s broad and deep understanding of the complex interrelationships between materials properties and their mechanisms of failure. Only through understanding these, can materials be used with confidence in the design process. The course integrates continuum treatments with microstructural failure mechanisms, providing a holistic view of materials failure. It will provide skills suitable for a wide range of careers concerned with product structural integrity and failure analysis of materials in sectors such as aerospace and automotive. Students will develop: an understanding of the relationships between the mechanical properties of materials, their microstructure and their processing history knowledge and understanding of continuum mechanics the ability to exercise original thought the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and by the means of presentations to groups the ability to plan and undertake an individual project interpersonal, communication and professional skills Previous projects have included: FE analysis of composite wind turbine blades Microstructural investigation of collapse during friction welding of aeroengine alloy RR1000 Testing and characterisation of shock mitigation materials

Understanding why structural materials fail and the methods for analysing and predicting the structural integrity of a material during service are extremely important in industry, both at the initial design stage as well as in-service and end-of-life analysis of components. The course will develop the student?s broad and deep understanding of the complex interrelationships between materials...

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