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Damage and Failure Analysis

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Damage and Failure Analysis
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012
Module code: MST.SKU
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Term paper

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAB. (P241-0194) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2013 , semester 3, optional course
MST.SKU (P241-0194) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , optional course, technical
MST.SKU (P241-0194) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , optional course, technical
MST.SKU (P241-0194) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , optional course, technical
MST.SKU (P241-0194) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , optional course, technical
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Moritz Habschied
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Moritz Habschied

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Learning outcomes:
Using their knowledge about the main failure mechanisms and their causes, students will be able to:
  - Systematically perform a damage analysis
  - Select suitable test methods in a targeted manner
  - Integrate and evaluate their results into the overall analysis procedure
  - Reconstruct the failure process  

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Module content:
Macro- and microscopic characteristics, as well as formation mechanisms of basic fracture types
Overload fracture, ductile
  - Monocrystals
  - Polycrystals with non-metallic inclusions
Overload fracture, brittle
  - Cleavage fracture
  - Intergranular fracture
  - Quasi-cleavage fracture
Fatigue fracture
  - Crack initiation
  - Crack propagation
  - Difference between ductile and brittle materials
Corrosion damage
  - Intercrystalline corrosion
  - Pitting corrosion
  - Stress corrosion cracking
  - Hydrogen embrittlement
  - Vibratory corrosion cracking
Systematic approach to damage analysis and knowledge of essential investigation methods

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with practical examples and exercises

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Recommended or required reading:
Broichhausen, Schadenskunde
N.N., Erscheinungsformen von Rissen und Brüchen
Lecture notes

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