This course teaches the underlying theories and principles of on-site metallography, replication, and portable hardness measurement 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 aimed at on-site metallographers in the aerospace, power generation, refineries and inspection areas.
Tailored courses:Bespoke courses for groups of six or more can be developed to focus on particular families of materials or particular replication types.
The course will cover non-destructive replica sample preparation and microstructural characterisation. The effect of each step of sample preparation, including choice of etchant, on the finished metallographic replica will be covered. Best practice for digital imaging of the prepared samples using low magnification stereomicroscopes and high magnification compound microscopes will be discussed in detail, including image manipulation and quantitative metallography.
The course also covers replicas of fracture surfaces, corroded components, and welded joints for observation of fracture morphology, corrosion depth and geometric features, where the components cannot be removed from service for characterisation.
Other field techniques such as portable hardness and percent ferrite determination will also be demonstrated.
- 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 and geometric replicas
- To develop the skills and know-how to independently produce accurate replicas of microstructures, fracture surfaces and geometric details
There are no formal entry requirements although a technical background and some knowledge of metals and alloys would be an advantage.