How Things Break

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Course Number: SEM-F-4001

Length of Course: 4 hours – Several topics can be combined to provide up to an 8 hour seminar session

Seminar Location: This seminar is available for on-site training


In How Things Break, you’ll learn …

  • How to examine failure from multiple perspectives
  • Various types of bearings and bearing failure
  • How to interpret and calculate stress-strain curves
  • How to design so as to prevent failures, breaks, or the need for costly repairs and replacements
  • Overview

    Anytime something fails, the finger pointing runs rampant. Questions and accusations fly. Was it the design? Was it the material, the processing of the material, the loads, the user, the environment? Or was it a combination of each? This live, interactive seminar will explain the fundamental principles, concepts, and analytical methods you need to know in order to make a reliable determination about how things break or why they fail. The primary focus of the seminar will be on mechanical breaks, rather than electrical failures.

    Through case studies and helpful illustrations, students will learn about key components of failure from many different perspectives, including microscopic and macroscopic material properties, various types of bearing failure, design considerations like stress concentrations and kinematic constraint, ductile versus brittle failure, temperature effects, and corrosion.

    Take away and learning objectives

    This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

    • Types of failure perspectives (microscopic and macroscopic)
    • Stress-strain curve and material toughness
    • Types of roller bearings and bearing failure
    • What kinematic constraint is and why it matters
    • Strength and strain versus temperature
    • How microstructure affects temperature sensitivity
    • How grain size affects material properties
    • How surface conditions affect component lifetime
    • Low cycle fatigue, high cycle fatigue, and the S-N curve
    • Examples of various design flaws
    • How to assess ductile versus brittle failure
    • Factors contributing to corrosion

    Speak to a Representative to Schedule a Seminar

    For more information contact:

    NORTH AMERICA
    Ken Hudspeth, General Manager
    Phone 1-877-PDHengineer (1-877-734-3644)
    Email: ken.hudspeth@PDHengineer.com