Testing Techniques

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to work in collaboration with the AMRC to deliver this course.

This course is being run at The National Composites Centre by AMRC - BOOK HERE

Course aims

A technical course describing the techniques used to determine the mechanical properties of metals and for non-destructive testing (NDT) of structures and components.
The course explains the mechanical properties and testing procedures used for design, quality and the performance behaviour of metals.
It will provide an overview of the features and capabilities of nondestructive techniques used to detect surface and sub-surface defects in metal structures and components.
Who should attend
This course applies to managers and technicians responsible for the testing of materials and products. It is equally suited to designers, engineers, procurement and business development personnel in all branches of manufacturing engineering.

Course Duration: 1 day

Price: £400

• Appreciate the procedures used to determine tensile, hardness, toughness, fatigue and creep properties of metals
• Understand how material properties are derived from the test results
• Learn how material properties are used to support product design, quality and performance
• Review a range of non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for detecting surface and sub-surface defects - optical, dye penetration, magnetic particle, eddy currents, ultrasonics and radiography
• Practical examples of industrial application NDT techniques


Tensile Testing
• Equipment & techniques
• Interpretation of stress/strain curves – Young’s modulus, yield stress, UTS, strain to failure
• Relevance of tensile properties to product design, quality & performance
Hardness Testing
• Equipment & techniques – Vickers, Rockwell, Brinell
• Interpretation and cross-comparison of hardness results
• Relevance of hardness to product design, quality &performance

Toughness & Impact Testing
• Equipment & techniques – Charpy, Izod, CTOD
• Interpretation of fracture toughness & impact test data
• Relevance of toughness to product design, quality & performance



Surface Defects
• Visual & optical techniques
• Dye penetration
• Magnetic particle inspection
• Eddy current testing
• Examples of industrial applications



Fatigue Testing
• Equipment & techniques
• Interpretation of fatigue results – S/N curves
• Relevance of fatigue properties to product design, quality & performance

Failure Mechanisms - Fractography
• Ductile fracture
• Brittle fracture
• Intergranular fracture





Internal Defects
• Equipment, techniques and capabilities of a variety
of volumetric techniques
• Ultrasonic inspection
• Radiography
• Examples of industrial applications


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