European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Safety and Reliability of Materials and Constructions

Course code: 175568
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Maile (Steinbeis Advanved Risk Technologies GmbH), Stefan Zickler (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

The course elaborates the interaction between loading situation of components exposed to temperature and pressure in industrial plants and the associated material and failure behavior. It gives an explanation about the development of damage and describes adequate design and monitoring methods according to standards and state of art.


At the end of the course the students are expected to have basic knowledge about:
• possible loading situation of key components in power plants
• the impact of loading situation an damage development
• respective standards and methods to evaluate the damage in components
• respective monitoring methods for detecting damage at components
• evaluation of the uncertainty of these methods

Target Attendees / Participants

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

Course Content by Units


Title & contents in brief


Introduction into strength of materials

Explanation of stress and strain

Design characteristics


Strength hypothesis

Thermal stresses

Thermal shock



Loading situation in key components of thermal power plants

· Pressurized pipe

· T-piece

· Rotor



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


Optional units:



Title & contents in brief


Use of advanced methods for design and life time description of complex loaded power plant components

· Material laws

· Inelastic Finite Elemente calculation


Teaching Methods

The course 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

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(Course profile ID: XIII-C-R43:, generated on September 25, 2021)