Materials Testing

Holders: Assist. Prof. Kek Tomaž

Subject description

Course objectives

Within the course students acquire the advanced knowledge and skills that are required to carry out destructive and nondestructive tests of materials and structures. Students will overview the concepts, principles, and methods employed for different material tests. Emphasis is on inspection methods employed to ensure structural integrity of broad class of engineering materials and structures. Review of surface integrity parameters will be presented and overview of corrosion processes and corrosion testing, crack propagation measurements, surface wear and residual stress measurements.

Course enrolment requirements

Completed first level studies in mechanical engineering or natural sciences or other fields with knowledge of fundamentals in the field of this course.

Course contents

  • Surface integrity
  • Optical and Electron microscopy, Optical and X-ray spectroscopy
  • Mechanical tests, Creep testing, Fatigue of material
  • Fracture mechanics and crack propagation
  • Corrosion testing
  • Introduction to Nondestructive testing, Discontinuities-Origins and Classification
  • Visual examination of surfaces and inspection
  • Penetrant testing
  • Magnetic particle testing
  • Radiographic testing
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Eddy Current testing
  • Acoustic emission testing
  • Thermal infrared testing
  • Special non-destructive testing methods


Case Studies:

  • Mechanical tests, Residual stress measurements, Fatigue testing, Crack propagation measurement
  • Corrosion test
  • Optical and Electron microscopy
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • Acoustic emission testing
  • Eddy Current testing
  • Visual inspection, Penetrant testing, Magnetic testing
  • Thermal infrared testing
  • Radiography

Objectives and competences

This elective course develops technical expertise to assess the behaviour of materials built into a device or structure from the viewpoint of the selected manufacturing process. Students will get competences of surface integrity yielded by different manufacturing processes and ensuring the required quality for the operation of a device. Students will get knowledge of inspection methods that are important technical component of general engineering and design.

Objectives are also the basic principles and importance of various NDT and NDE methods, fundamentals, discontinuities in different product forms, applications, limitations of NDT methods and techniques, standards and specifications related to non-destructive testing technology. General overview of corrosion processes and corrosion testing, fatigue, crack propagation measurements and surface wear.

Intended course learning outcomes

Students will analyze the possible application of different techniques of destructive and non-destructive testing methods for different problems in the field of evaluating the integrity of structures and materials. They will compare and choose the appropriate method for specific task. Investigate the possibility of solving the problem by applying the existing software and /or write own program. Students will be able to test some mechanical properties with unconventional use of nondestructive methods.

Forms of assessment

Written exam

Assigned reading

  • Handbook of nondestructive evaluation Charles Hellier, McGraw-Hill, 2003
  • Non-destructive Testing and Diagnosis, Handbook, Metrix Inst. Co., 2004
  • ASM Handbook, Volume 17, America Society for Materials, Columbus, Ohio, 2005
  • Analytical Methods in Corrosion Science and Engeeniring, CRC Press, 2006
  • Nondestructive Evaluation: theory, techniques, and applications, Peter J. Shull, Marcel Dekker, 2002

Optional / additional reading

  • The Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors Handbook, CRC press, 2000
  • Foundations of Material Science and Engineering, Fourth Edition, McGraw Hill, 2006
  • Physical Metallurgy Handbook, McGraw Hill, 2003

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