Oct 01, 2023  
2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MET 450/550 Forensic Engineering

Credits: (3-0) 3

The principles of physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, manufacturing processes, and service environments will be used to determine the causes(s) for failure of metallic, composite, and polymer engineering components. Analytical techniques and procedures to characterize fractographic features and microstructures, such as optical metallography, macrophotography, and scanning electron microscopy, will also be reviewed. Actual failed engineering components from a variety of industrial applications will be used as examples and be evaluated in the course. Fundamental engineering concepts, legal procedures of forensic engineering, failure mechanisms, technical report writing, and remedial recommendations will also be discussed.

Prerequisites: MET 231 , MET 232 , EM 321  or ME 216  or permission of instructor.
Notes: Students enrolled in MET 550 will be held to a higher standard than those enrolled in MET 450.

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