Failure investigation Training Courses

    The course key topics are:

    Understanding why parts fail.

    Explanation of material Failure Modes with practical examples.

    The O-D-A failure investigation process and techniques, from Root Cause to solution strategy.

    Threaded fastenings; a misunderstood subject.

    Fostering the skills of critical Observation, robust Deduction and pragmatic Analysis.

    Hands-on practical syndicate work accounts for over 50% of the course, involving examination and analysis of failed hardware mainly sourced from the customer’s industry.

    Conducting a practical Failure Mode Effect and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) exercise to predict potential failures and comparing results with a failed in-service part.

    Case studies on Human Factors and Repair Fault that have lead to failures in service.

    The O-D-A course is suitable for a minimum of 6 to 8 delegates (2 tutors). However, our experience shows that the ideal delegate number is 9 to 12 (3 tutors) and the maximum being 13 to 16 (4 tutors). Each syndicate is tutored by an experienced professional engineer, thereby ensuring each delegate’s full interactive involvement.

    The course is usually delivered on the client’s premises. However, alternative arrangements can be organised if needed. Allen-Crapper Associates will provide all the course materials, hardware, stereo microscopes and other aids. Each delegate will receive a reference handbook and a course certificate.

    The course is hands-on and involves the delegates in summarising their findings and giving short presentations to their course colleagues. We organise the syndicates so delegates are from different work areas, experience and disciplines - design, reliability, stress, production, failure investigation, quality, etc - resulting in additional benefits such as cross-fertilisation of ideas, teamwork and networking opportunities.


Course contents

Materials Failure

FMECA Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis


Forensic Engineering

Root Cause Analysis (RCA)