HI-RF9 Course Physics of Failure

Introduction to failure mechanism and the physics behind them | 4 days

The course RF9 Physics of Failure focuses on the identification, understanding and modeling of failure mechanisms to prevent failures and improve reliability. The knowledge gained will be applicable during the Design for Reliability and product improvement projects.

Identifying critical components in systems and taking the necessary measures is an essential skill to avoid failures and to achieve a reliable design.  A component can fail in many ways and understanding the underlying causes of failure and failure mechanisms, is a prerequisite for a proper design. Not only it saves time and money during product development, it also prevents dissatisfied customers and users.

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About the course RF9 Physics of Failure

The participants of the course RF9 Physics of Failure acquire detailed knowledge on failure mechanisms in products and their impact on reliability.

Thinking in functions and failure mechanisms is essential during the Product Creation Process (PCP). Loss of functionality implies the failure of construction or design. This can occur in numerous ways. Insight into the physics of failure contributes to the Product Creation Process during all development phases of reliable systems.

The course focuses on the identification, understanding and modeling of failure mechanisms. Based on appropriate design measures, the probability failures is minimized. After this, the Reliability can be predicted, accounting for variation due to design, manufacturing and user. You will learn to think in terms of failure mechanisms during development and insight into failure mechanisms in mechanical, mechatronics, and electronic systems. Topics covered include: Fatigue, Wear-out, Degradation, Connections, Electrical failures and modeling and prevention of failure mechanisms.

Subjects of the course RF9 Physics of Failure

During the RF9 Physics of Failure course the following subjects will be discussed:

  • Failure cause, failure mechanism, failure effect
  • 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.
  • Degradation – chemical reactions
  • Failure of connections, bolts, inserts, glues, welds
  • Electrical failures, such as short circuit, burn-in, contact resistance, SN-whiskers, ESD
  • Design guidelines, safety factors and derating.

Results of the course RF9 Physics of Failure

During the RF9 Physics of Failure course you will learn:

  • Practical and detailed knowledge about failure mechanisms in products and their impact on reliability
  • How to apply the gained knowledge immediately to design for reliability (DfR) and product improvement projects to prevent failures.

For whom

Reliability engineers, design engineers, technical engineers, and field service engineers

Setup course

The course consists of 2 blocks of 2 days, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Locations, dates & schedule

This training is offered in our 1.5-meter classrooms, online or hybrid. Moreover, both in-company and open classes are possible.

Location – Eindhoven: High Tech Campus 29

Dates 2021
Location: Eindhoven
Dates to be determined

Investment course

The investment is €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. Additionally, participants can join the Reliability User Group four times for free (valid until one year after the last day of this course).


Dr. Anton van Beek:
Teacher at TU Delft works at the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering. He is the author of the book ‘Advanced Engineering Design; Lifetime performance and Reliability’. As a tribologist, he increased his area of knowledge with many failure mechanisms. Apart from his work for the TU Delft he is also a consultant for several wear and fatigue issues.

Dr. Ir. Coen Smits:
Working as a reliability specialist at Holland Innovative for over 10 years. Over this period he finished several assignments in the high tech and automotive industry. Before that, he used the develop production equipment for solar cells at OTB Solar. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the Eindhoven University of Technology and worked for some time at the RWTH Aachen University.

Certificate / diploma

At the end of the last session, the participants will receive a declaration of participation. Moreover, the training can serve as one of the modules to obtain the Certificate Reliability Engineer according to VDI 4002

Method of teaching

The course is offered as an in-class course, but any other form is open for negotiation. We are able to offer offline, online and hybrid courses.

Group size

A maximum of 16 participants

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.

Training advice?

Would you like to receive more information about this course? Our program managers can tell you more about it! You can reach them from Monday till Friday from 08:30 till 17:00.

T: +31 (0)40 851 4610
E: academy@holland-innovative.nl

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About the Holland Innovative Academy

Holland Innovative helps to develop the competencies of you and your colleagues to strengthen your organization and create growth. Together with renowned centres of expertise such as Eindhoven University of Technology, Twente University, Delft University of Technology and the University of Stuttgart we organize courses, trainings and masterclasses in Project Management, Product & Process Development, Reliability, Data Science and MedTech. We offer both open enrolment and in-company training; tailor-made to fully meet the needs and the strategy of your organization. Coupling these courses with practical experience is important in order to maximise the effectiveness. Where possible, your own cases/data are discussed during our training and/or further explored by coaching on-the-job, project participation and also in the User Groups.

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