European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Materials Engineering

Course code: 175566
Language of instruction: English
Duration of the course: 33 days (297h)
Lecturers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Maile (Steinbeis Advanved Risk Technologies GmbH), Stefan Zickler (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies)
Assessment: Written Exam Transfer Paper [optional topic for Project Study Paper]
Credit points: 10 CPs

Short description

The module elaborates fundamentals of Materials Science, such as a general introduction, mechanical properties and related material testing of structural metallic materials. It gives a demonstration of specific damage mechanisms (creep, fatigue, creep-fatigue, corrosion) and discusses welding of metallic materials and related problems. The module gives a demonstration of loading situation in specific power plant components and an explanation of the associated material and failure behavior. It provides a description of adequate design and monitoring methods according to standards and state of art. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) are methodologies presented in this module and used for the logical decision-making process of analysis and definition of the equipment maintenance requirements, as well as for accident prevention. Practical examples with the state-of-the art tools will be applied by the student.


Knowledge to be acquired in this module covers introduction in the fundamentals of material science and strength calculation to understand the formation of critical loading situation in key components in (power) plants and thus the damage mechanism oriented failure. At the end of the course students are expected to be in the position to evaluate possible damage scenarios in components on basis of general information such as operation data, material and macroscopic and microscopic damage appearance.

Target Attendees / Participants

University students of Steinbeis European Master Program in Risk Engineering and Management, and similar programs.

Course Content by Units

Structure of metals and basic material behavior

Introduction into basic damage mechanisms

Introduction into the specific material problems of welded structures

Use of metallographic examination methods to identify damage mechanisms by changes in microstructure (precipitation), voids and cavities, microcracks, cracks, manufacturing defects

Explanation of stress and strain

Loading situation in key components of thermal power plants

Introduction into analytical design methods for creep, fatigue and interaction of creep and fatigue. Evaluation of life time exhaustion based on linear damage rules

Monitoring methods for damage development in power plant components – state of art and outlook

Demonstration of practical failure examples of components exposed to creep, fatigue and high temperature corrosion

Teaching Methods

The module includes:


    introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well

    ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples

    review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit

    one collective exercise


Defined in the courses

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(Course profile ID: XIII-C, generated on September 25, 2021)