How Things Break: Thermal Effects (WEBINAR)

Course Number: F-4004WN
Credit: 4 CPD Hours*
* In all references to PDH: 1 PDH = 1 CPD Hour
Subject Matter Expert: Raymond M. Burynski, Jr.
Scheduled: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1:00am - 5:10am A.E.S.T (UTC+10)
Type: Live Interactive Webinar
Price: AUD $300.00 $226.90   (Discount Ends:06/07/2019 at midnight)
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In How Things Break: Thermal Effects , you'll learn ...

  • Types of failure associated with thermal effects
  • Calculation techniques for estimating the influence of temperature
  • How to design for variable and extreme service temperature


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Since prehistoric times, humans understood that materials and systems change with temperature, and began to utilize that information for beneficial purposes. Annealing to restore ductility was known in 5000 BC. In 3200 BC, metal was melted to make castings in Mesopotamia. Differential hardening techniques for sword manufacture was developed in China and Japan near the beginning of the Common Era. Early steam engines are known from this time period as well.

Temperature can affect both materials and designs, sometimes in unforeseen ways. The Liberty Ship failures were a classic illustration of brittle fracture caused by low temperatures. Thermal conditions can cause a myriad of other problems, including thermal fatigue, creep, and increased corrosion rates.

This webinar presents how temperature can adversely affect materials and design, along with ways to mitigate these issues. Several case studies including the S.S. Schenectady, the Hasselt Bridge, and the Space Shuttel Challenger will be used to illustrate the concepts.


Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • How temperature affects various material properties
  • Ductile to brittle transition
  • Calculation of thermal shock parameters for different materials
  • Calculation of thermal stresses
  • Creep mechanisms and calculation methods
  • Environmental influences at elevated temperatures
  • Design tips for handling variable and extreme temperatures
  • Case studies of failures associated with thermal effects

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CPD Hours

Our webinars are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the following institutions: Engineers Australia (EA) in accordance with EA CPD Policy dated 19 February 2009; The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in accordance with ICE 3006A; The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) in accordance with IPENZ CPD Good Practice Gudelines dated November 2007. For other institutions, it is recommended you check the requirements from your specific registration board. Following successful completion of the webinar, we recommend that you print off the certificate for your records. This may need to be produced for audit purposes. A copy of the certificate will be maintained by and can be found within your "My Account" area.

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