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Is it for me?

This course is ideally suited to you as a technician, lab manager or engineer from a non-materials engineering discipline who wants 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.

What will I learn?

  • Sample 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
  • 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
  • Quantitative image analysis methods
  • Demonstration of fixed machines/devices for hardness and percent ferrite measurements
  • 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

What will I leave with?

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Experience first-hand the practical aspects of metallographic and fractographic specimen preparation
  • Understand the equipment and consumables requirements for lab metallography
  • Understand the tools that can be used to analyse specimens and microstructures
  • Effectively record and report

What else should I know?

There are no formal entry requirements although a technical background and some knowledge of metals and alloys would be an advantage.

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