RF9 Physics of Failure2019-03-14T15:38:48+00:00

RF9 Physics of Failure

Identifying critical components in systems and taking the necessary measures to avoid failures is an essential skill in order to achieve a Reliable design. A component can fail in many ways and as a result of various causes. Understanding the underlying causes of failure and failure mechanisms saves time and money during product development and prevents dissatisfied customers and users.

Weakest LinkThe participants of ‘Physics of Failure’ acquire practical and detailed knowledge on failure mechanisms in products and their impact on Reliability. The knowledge gained can be applied immediately during Design for Reliability (DfR) and product improvement projects to prevent failures.

Thinking in functions and failure mechanisms is essential during the Product Creation Process (PCP). Loss of functionality implies the failure of a construction or design, which can occur in numerous ways. Insight into the Physics of Failure contributes to the PCP during all phases of developing high-quality and reliable systems.

The training focuses on the identification, understanding and modeling of failure mechanisms. Based on appropriate design measures, the probability of occurrence of failure mechanisms is minimalized. After this, the Reliability can be predicted, accounting for variation due to design, manufacturing and user. Thinking in terms of failure mechanisms during development and insight into failure mechanisms in mechanical, mechatronic, and electronic systems. Topics covered include: Fatigue, Wear-out, Degradation, Connections, Electrical failures and modeling and preventing failure mechanisms.

Program in 4 blocks of 1 day
• Failure cause, Failure mechanism, Failure effect. Thinking in terms of failure mechanisms.
• Risk analysis (FMEA) of a test setup and component; defining failure mechanisms.
• Fatigue, Material behavior, types of fracture, Hertzian stresses, static and dynamic strength
• Wear-out mechanisms – Tribology. Pitting, fretting, cavitation, erosion, lubrication, contamination, sealing.
• Degradation – Chemical reactions. Temperature, humidity, contamination, oxidation, crystallization, ozone, UV radiation. Degradation models such as Arrhenius, Peck, Coffin-Manson, Power law.
• Failure of connections, bolts, inserts, glues, welds.
• Electrical failures, such as short circuit, burn-in, contact resistance, SN-whiskers, EMC, ESD.
• Design guidelines, safety factors and derating.

The Reliability Foundation Program is a post-graduate education, focusing on the practical aspects of Reliability Engineering. The program has been developed in accordance with VDI 4002 Reliability guidelines in collaboration with the University of Stuttgart and consists of several modules that will result into a VDI Reliability Engineer certification.

The overall Reliability Foundation Program is established according to VDI 4002 in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart, Prof.Dr.-Ing. B. Bertsche. This University is responsible for the quality of the program and is supported by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Braunschweig, and other institutes.

VDI Certification
To obtain VDI certification, participants are required to attend the basic foundation modules RF1 and RF2, attend at least two additional reliability foundation modules, succesfully pass theoretical examinations for each attended reliability foundation module and succesfully complete a reliability project. The certification is issued by the University of Stuttgart.


Coen Smits – Holland Innovative

Course duration and number of participants:
2 blocks of 2 days, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Maximum group size: 16 participants. In-company programs can also be arranged.

Dr. Anton van Beek (TU Delft), Dr. Ir. Coen Smits (Reliability Specialist at Holland Innovative) and Ing. Ronald Schop (Senior Director Reliability at Holland Innovative).

Location and costs:
Eindhoven: High Tech Campus 9 (Bèta Building)
The costs are €2.990 (excl. VAT) per participant. Included are the four training days, a syllabus of the course material, the book ‚Advanced Engineering Design; Lifetime performance and Reliability‘, refreshments and daily lunches. In addition, four times free participation in the Reliability User Group (valid until one year after the last day of this course). Not included in the price are the costs for the theory exam and certification by the University of Stuttgart.

Beta Building High Tech Campus Eindhoven

Location Eindhoven

If you wish to take exam during the scheduled exam days in 2017, the costs for the RF9 theory exam is €350 per participant. If you want to take the exam at another time the costs are €500 per participant. Registration can be done by sending an email to academy@holland-innovative.nl.

Location: Eindhoven
Block 1: 14 & 15 november 2019
Block 2: 5 & 6 december 2019

Do you have a question about one of our courses?
Would you like to discuss the possibilities? Please contact us for further information.
T: +31 (0)40 851 4611
E: academy@holland-innovative.nl

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