Failure Analysis - A Practical Guide

Online /
Feb 27 - 28, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0111-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyse failed parts and components systematically and obtain conclusions based on sound scientific principles.
  • Apply this information to improve the design and reliability of metallic, ceramic and polymer parts and machinery.


Today’s competitive industrial environment demands reliable and effective solutions to problems. Root cause failure analysis is essential to improve quality and reliability and prevent catastrophic failures. While an extensive range of analytical techniques is available, proper methodology and techniques must be used to obtain reliable results.

This course will focus on practical techniques to perform successful failure analysis. Relying on years of experience, the instructor will describe techniques and approaches combined with practical examples. The participants are encouraged to bring examples from their experiences for discussion and preliminary analysis.

Course Outline

  • The basic principle of failure analysis
  • Destructive and non-destructive testing
  • Basic types and properties of materials: polymers, ceramics and metals
  • Most common types of Failures (fatigue, corrosion, overload, environmental degradation, etc...…)
  • Fundamentals of corrosion
  • Analytical Tools
  • Practical Examples are taken from various industries: HVAC and Plumbing, civil engineering, pressure vessels, extractive metallurgy, oil and gas industry

Who Should Attend

Plant Managers • Superintendents and Supervisors • Technical Managers • Engineering Consultants • Maintenance Personnel • Laboratory Personnel • Quality Management Personnel • Accident Investigators • Insurance Litigators and Purchase Officials.

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Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Program Outline

Day 1

Conducting A Successful Failure Analysis

Scientific method, Proper documentation and preservation of the evidence, Preliminary examination, Collection of data and samples, Photography and videos

Review of Basic Types of Materials

  • Polymers, ceramics and alloys
  • Mechanical and chemical properties

Types of Failures

  • Ductile/Brittle, Fatigue, Wear
  • High-temperature effects
  • Cracking (hydrogen, scc)
  • Corrosion

Corrosion Aspects

  • Basic theory: Corrosion reactions, key parameters,
  • eH –pH diagrams, kinetics, corrosion control
  • Protection methods: coating, inhibitors, cathodic protection, material selection

Day 2

Analytical Tools

  • Visual exams, Destructive vs non-destructive, Metallographies, Electron microscopy, FTIR, Chemical analysis (quantitative vs qualitative)

Practical Examples to Illustrate the Various Types and Causes of Failures:

  • Typical material defects
  • Material selection
  • Fatigue
  • Corrosion
  • Welding
  • Design vs manufacturing

Typical Examples of Failures in HVAC and Plumbing, Civil Engineering, Pressure Vessels, Extractive Metallurgy, Oil and Gas industry

Discussion of Examples (Participants are Encouraged to Present Examples for Group Discussion and Analysis)


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is the President of UBAMIP Consulting and a former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem-solving in the operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in the industry in Canada, the USA and overseas.

His expertise, among others, includes the design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, and pumps and compressors. The focus of the consulting projects has been on risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on inspection results and fitness for service studies.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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