636-3018/05 – Introduction to Failure Analysis (UECn)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Material EngineeringCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Vlastimil Vodárek, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Vlastimil Vodárek, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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VOD37 prof. Ing. Vlastimil Vodárek, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+3
Part-time Credit and Examination 12+4

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to make students familiar with basic principles of failure analysis on failed or damaged components. Students will learn general procedures of an optimal solution of problems and to prepare a technical report summarising analysis results. The course also includes the topic of precautions and prevention.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


Students will learn about basic aims and procedures of investigations on failed components, including proposals of precautions and preventive measures. Failure analysis will be demonstrated on study cases. Basic rules of processing of failure analysis results will be defined.

Compulsory literature:

VODÁREK, V. Introduction to failure analysis. Ostrava: VŠB – TU Ostrava, 2014. Available from: https://www.fmmi.vsb.cz/cs/studenti/study-support/advanced-engineering-materials/index.html. ASM handbook, volume 11 – failure analysis and prevention, W. T. Becker a R. J. Shipley, eds. Ohio: ASM International, 2003. ISBN 978-0-87170-704-8. JONES , D. R. H. and M. F. ASHBY. Engineering materials 2, 4th edition, Oxford: Butterworth – Heinemann, 2012. ISBN 978-0080966687.

Recommended literature:

ASM handbook, volume 9 – metallography and microstructures, G.F. Vander Voort ed. Ohio: ASM international, 2004. ISBN 0-87170-706-3.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Continuous verification of learning outcomes: full-time study form – 2 written tests, 2 programs processed during the semester; combined study form – 1 semestral project. Final verification of study results: written exam.


Other requirements

There are no further requirements.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. The aims of failure analysis in materials engineering. 2. Basic steps in failure analysis. The most common errors in failure analysis. 3. Analysis of failures: imperfections in design, material defects, overloading or improper loading of components, insufficient maintenance, unskilled repairs, interaction between material and environment. 4. Degradation effects related to technological operations (heat treatment, welding) on materials properties. 5. Overload failures – possible mechanisms. A study case of overload failures. 6. Fatigue and creep failures. A study case of fatigue and creep failures. 7. Corrosion failures – possible mechanisms. A study case of corrosion failures. 8. Wear failures – possible mechanisms. A study case. 9. Experimental techniques for bulk and local analyses of chemical composition of materials. 10. Experimental techniques for structure characterization and for investigations on micromechanisms of fracture. 11. Experimental evaluation of mechanical properties of materials. 12. Applications of modelling and simulations in failure analysis. 13. Proposal of precautions and their validation. Prevention. 14. Basic rules for preparation of the report summarising results of failure analysis.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  21
        Examination Examination 65  30
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 78% attendance on seminars and practical lessons. Elaboration of the projects.

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Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2020/2021 (N0715A270002) Materials Engineering (S01) Advanced engineering materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0715A270002) Materials Engineering (S01) Advanced engineering materials K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0715A270002) Materials Engineering (S01) Advanced engineering materials P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0715A270002) Materials Engineering (S01) Advanced engineering materials K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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