Class Outline
ME497, Engineering Failures

Spring 2006
Tentative
Week Date Topics Lab Information Comments
1 March 6

Introduction

 

Definitions

 

Classification and Types of Failures

no lab
  • Read for Tuesday 3/7:
    • ASM Handbook Vol. 11
      • Engineering Aspects of Failure and Prevention
        • Intro to Failure Analysis and Prevention
          • Intro
          • Concepts of Failure Analysis and Prevention
          • Root Cause Analysis
          • Categories of Failure
          • Failure Prevention
  • Due Monday 3/13
    • Find information about the following… bring copy to class on Monday
      • 2005 F1 race at Indy Motor Speedway
      • Background on Indianapolis Motor Speedway
      • SAFER walls (soft walls)
      • Famous events (wrecks) at IMS
      • F1 background and move to US
      • Indy Racing League
    • Read Chapter 5 of Evan and Manion
    • Read ASM Vol. 11 (Intro to Failure Analysis and Prevention)
      • Primary Physical Root Cause of Failure
      • Charting Methods for RCA
2 March 13  

Root Causes

Speedway Trip
  • Read ASM Vol.11
    • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Prevention
3 March 20

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis

 

Design Reviews

 
Equipment Review
  • Read for Thursday 3/23
    • Evan and Manion pp. 236-241
    • Chiles handout
  • FMEA assignment (due Thurs, 3/30)
    • conduct FMEA for supplied patents
    • write 1-2 page summary regarding the relative merits of the two designs from a product safety perspective
  • Wednesday lab meeting
    • 9:00:  Team 1
    • 9:30: Team 2
    • 10:00: Team 3
4 March 28 Theories of Accidents Design Review   
5 April 3

Organizing and Running a Failure Investigation

Mid-term Exam

GE Louisville Trip  
  April 10

Spring Break

   
6 April 17

Fracture Analysis

Conduct Failure Investigation  
7 April 24

Equipment Troubleshooting

Observe Fracture Surfaces  
8 May 1

Regulatory Issues

Equipment Troubleshooting  
9 May 8

Interaction between Design Paradigms and Failures

Baker & Daniels Trip  
10 May 15

Failure Prevention:  Lessons Learned