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ONLINE: Metallurgy, Corrosion and Prevention of Failures (FAC913)


    The course utilises a mixture of lectures and workshops to introduce metallurgical theory, metal properties and testing techniques, corrosion, metal failure and preventative actions.
    Specific studies will be carried out on component failure in the oil industry. Additionally alloy systems used in the oil industry will be examined in greater depth. Reference will be made to specifications used in the oil industry.

    Course Structure: 8 modules of max. 2 hours each, delivered over 4 days
    Each day will consist of 2 modules of 2 hours, with sufficient breaks.

    Course Level: Foundation
    Duration: 4 days
    Instructor: Phil Harrison

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A Materials Engineer
    • A Maintenance Engineer
    • A Production Engineer
    • A Design Engineer

    How we build your confidence

    • Some samples showing failure modes will be shown
    • Video content, workshops and case studies will be used to reinforce the subject matter
    • Comprehensive lecture notes are provided

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:
    • Basic metallurgical theory
    • A knowledge of some alloys frequently used in the oil industry
    • Corrosion theory and corrosion problems in the oil industry
    • Failure mechanisms
    • Types of failure in the oil industry


    Introduction to Metallurgy
    • What is Metallurgy?
    • Crystal structures and their importance
    • Phase diagrams and phases in metals
    • Properties of metals
      - Mechanical and physical properties
      - Introduction to mechanical testing techniques
    • Heat treatment theory and practice
    • Introduction to some alloys frequently used in the oil industry
    • Steels, Stainless Steels and Nickel Alloys

    • Corrosion theory
    • Types of corrosion
      - General corrosion
      - Galvanic corrosion
      - Pitting
      - Crevice corrosion
      - Stress corrosion cracking
      - Hydrogen Sulphide and Carbon Dioxide
    • Corrosion Prevention
    • API specifications and corrosion

    Modes of failure and failure prevention
    • Tensile failure
    • Ductile failure
    • Brittle failure
    • Ductile brittle transition
    • Fracture toughness
    • Fatigue
    • Creep
    • Hydrogen embrittlement
    • Liquid metal embrittlement
    • Metal dusting
    • Wear Mechanisms
      - Galling
      - Fretting
      - Erosion
      - Cavitation

    Workshop - Examples of failure mechanisms in the oil industry
    • Gas turbines
    • Pumps
    • Pump Seals
    • Valves
    • Pipelines
    • Gears
    • Bearings



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