This course teaches the underlying theories and principles of lab-based and on-site metallography, before moving on to deliver a practical workshop. Candidates will learn essential practical skills from experts in the field of metallography, using industry-leading equipment, techniques, and consumables.
This course is ideally suited to technicians, lab managers and engineers from non-materials engineering disciplines who want to develop an in-depth understanding of the processes and capabilities of metallography as an analytical technique for quality control, inspection, and failure investigation.
Tailored courses:Bespoke courses for groups of six or more can be developed to focus on particular families of materials.
- Sample and non-destructive replica preparation, using various materials preparation techniques
- Microstructural characterisation of a wide range of materials, using light microscopy, including metals, ceramics and polymers, in the lab
- Review of the effect of each step of sample preparation, including choice of etchant, on finished metallographic samples and replicas
- Preparation of specimens and replicas of fracture surfaces, corroded components, and welded joints for observation of fracture morphology, corrosion depth and geometric features
- Quantitative image analysis methods
- Demonstration of fixed and portable machines/devices for hardness and percent ferrite measurements
- Review of the use of metallography and fractography in failure analysis
- Detailed discussion of best practice for digital imaging of the prepared samples using low magnification stereomicroscopes and high magnification compound microscopes, including image enhancement methods
- Documentation of microstructures and other features
- Explanation of running an efficient and safe laboratory with high throughput whilst maintaining a high level of quality, including HSE requirements, lab layout and time saving sample preparation techniques
- To experience first-hand the practical aspects of specimen preparation
- To gain a wide appreciation of the processes involved in best practice preparation of metallographic, fractographic and geometric replicas
- To understand the equipment and consumables requirements for lab metallography
- To understand the tools that can be used to analyse specimens and microstructures
- Effective recording and reporting
There are no formal entry requirements although a technical background and some knowledge of metals and alloys would be an advantage.