Understanding Mechanical Testing

This course provides an overview of the factors which influence the properties of metals, polymers, and ceramics. Beginning at the atomic level, and including the effects of crystal structure and microstructure, the full array of factors that have an effect on material properties are assessed. In addition, the primary static and dynamic tests used to determine material properties are analysed together with specialised tests used to evaluate the properties of different families of materials.


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£600pp for businesses or employees outside Wales

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Free for Welsh businesses or employees living in Wales
£600pp for businesses outside of Wales

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Course Benefits
After completing the module participants should have gained an understanding of metallic and non-metallic material. The participant should have also understood the value of the different tests that have been developed to determine the key properties of material and the steps that are necessary to ensure accurate results are obtained.
Course programme
  • Review the development and purpose of standards
  • Describe the principles of metrology
  • Highlight the issues associated with in developing robust testing methodology
  • Review the atomic structures of metals, polymers and ceramics
  • Discuss the different crystal structures of metals and ceramics
  • Provide a detailed review of key tests developed to measure material properties including tensile, hardness, impact, fatigue properties and creep resistance
  • Define the specialist test that have been developed to measure the unique properties of different families of materials
  • Review the primary non destructive testing techniques used to detect flaws in a range of material types
  • Highlight the challenges associated in the testing of advanced materials and processing technologies

comment If you would like to discuss specific content, then we can arrange an informal discussion with the course tutor.

This is an online course so can be accessed anytime at your convenience. There is approx. 21-30 hours of course content to complete, depending on your knowledge of subject. There is a tutor who is assigned to the course who will answer any queries and hold tutorials if necessary, he is very approachable and where possible will find a convenient time that works for both of you.
At the end of each section of the course there are a set of questions, they are to test your understanding and to contribute towards your final mark. At the end of the course you will be asked to submit a written assignment which will make up your final mark.
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