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.
Reliability engineers, design engineers, technical engineers, and field service engineers
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 to be determined
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.
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.