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Module Title
Failure Analysis
Reference EN4701 Version 3
Created July 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 10
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended August 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To provide the student with the ability to relate the mechanisms of engineering failures, and methods for their detection, to the incipient and wear-out failure of engineering systems.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Assess the properties of materials and their modes of failure under adverse environmental conditions.
2 Apply the relevant analysis and failure criteria to the solution of complex stress systems and determine the fracture toughness, crack growth and creep behaviour of engineering materials.
3 Analyse and evaluate typical operational problems in rotating machinery.
4 Identify and appraise condition monitoring and non-destructive testing techniques as applied to industrial plant.

Indicative Module Content
Microstructural properties of materials; analysis of microstructures; applications of microstructural analysis to failure mechanisms of materials; dielectric properties and degradation processes. Modelling of complex stress systems; failure analysis; fracture toughness and stress intensity factors; crack growth and material failure mechanisms; creep and creep stress relaxation. Operational problems in rotating machinery; unbalance; misalignment bearing and gear faults; mechanical resonance. Condition monitoring methods including vibration. Non-destructive testing methods including acoustic emission.

Module Delivery
The module is taught using a a balanced programme of lectures, tutorials and self-study. Case studies are used to illustrate industrial applications.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 45 45
Non-Contact Hours 105 105
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: Case-study coursework assignment.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3, 4
Description: Closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve at least a grade D overall AND a minimum of 35% in the examination and coursework.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% and above
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 34% and below
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Engineering Analysis 1 (EN3501) or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

An Indicative Bibliography will normally reference the latest edition of a text. In some cases, older editions are equally useful for students and therefore, those are the editions that may be stocked.

1 DOWLING, N.E., 2013. Mechanical Behaviour of Materials. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
2 HERTZBERG, R.W., 2013. Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials. 5th ed. New York, NY: Wiley.
3 CALLISTER, W.D., 2015. Materials Science and Engineering. 9th ed. New York, NY: Wiley.
4 BARRON. R, 1996. Engineering Condition Monitoring: Practice, Methods and Applications. Essex: Addison Wesley Longman.
5 ROYLANCE, B.J. and HUNT, T.M., 1999. The Wear Debris Analysis Handbook. Oxford: Coxmoor Publishing Co.
6 REEVES, C.W., 1998. The Vibration Monitoring Handbook. Oxford: Coxmoor Publishing Co.

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