Leveraging Metals Science to Solve Metal Problems

    Virtual Event

    This course in offered virtually as a live session through Zoom.


    About the Course

  • Do you know the steps to take to get the information needed to fix product failures and quality problems?
  • What typically happens at your company when there's a product failure or quality problem? Have meetings to guess at the root cause?
  • When you get results from a metallurgical lab, do you know what to do next?

    Metallurgical failure analysis of metal stock and metal components is an important step in the process of determining the root cause of component failures and quality problems. And, understanding metallurgy fundamentals is critical for being able to quickly solving quality problems and component failures. However, many people haven't had much metallurgy training and don't have a good understanding of metals science and the analysis tools used to solve problems.

    During this course you will learn you will learn about metallurgy principles and how a failure analysis is conducted. This include and explanation of the analysis equipment used, the data obtained, and how to use the information obtained to determine the root cause of a problem. Case studies of component failures and quality problems will be used to help teach the concepts.

    By the end you will better understand how to work with metallurgical labs on a failure analysis and how to better participate in a failure analysis. No longer does a problem have to drag on.


    Learning Outcomes

    Topics covered

    • Metallurgical factors that influence metal properties
    • Metallurgical reasons of how alloying, heat treatment, and cold working affect metal strength
    • The metallurgical failure analysis process and common analysis tools
    • How the failure analysis process is applied, the data obtained, and how the data is used to help identify the root cause of problems

    • Who Should Attend

      Design, quality, and manufacturing engineers and technicians


      Fee Includes

      • Course notes
      • Certificate of Completion
      • .4 Continuing Education Units


      Referenced Documents

      ASTM Standards:

      • E8
      • E10
      • E18


      About the Instructors

      Michael Pfeifer is Principal Consultant and Trainer at Industrial Metallurgists, LLC. He has over 25 years of experience providing metallurgy training and failure analysis and metallurgical engineering consulting to clients covering a wide variety of industries, products, and materials. He has experience with product design and development, manufacturing process development and quality improvement, supplier evaluation, cost reduction, and failure analysis and root cause analysis.

      Prior to Industrial Metallurgists Michael worked for Motorola as a design/quality/cost reduction engineer for the automotive electronics group.

      Michael has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University and is a professional engineer licensed in Illinois. He has published the book Materials Enable Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing.


      About ASTM and Sponsoring Committee

      ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys was formed in 1898 and is ASTM's first technical committee. A01 meets twice a year, at the May and November ASTM Committee Weeks, with approximately 200 members attending over the four days of technical meetings. The Committee, with a membership of over 1300 industry professionals and experts, has jurisdiction of over 500 standards, published in January in six volumes of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards; Volumes 01.01, 01.02, 01.03, 01.04, 01.05 and 01.06. A01 has 22 technical subcommittees that maintain jurisdiction over these standards.


      On-Site Training Available

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      How Learning Will Be Assessed

      Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.


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