Event Date/Time: May 22, 2006 End Date/Time: May 22, 2006
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The use of small/miniature test pieces for obtaining materials data for engineering critical assessments of components is becoming more commonplace. This seminar will address the testing, analysis and possible standardisation of techniques used to obtain such data. The need for testing at the small/miniature level is due to the lack of significant amount of engineering materials for testing, or that the product form is too small for conventional ‘standard test pieces’. For ageing plant there is the need for continued critical engineering assessment, and if small amounts of material can be extracted directly from plant (and tested) throughout its lifetime then the analysis becomes much more robust. The seminar will provide an appreciation of work currently being undertaken and provide an opportunity to discuss applicability of current (and/or proposed) techniques and methods available.

Benefits of Attendance
This seminar will look at the trend towards using small/miniature specimens in providing materials property information for critical plant assessments. Presentations are given by speakers at the forefront of the field of experimental fracture mechanics, and who are actively pursuing the development and use of small/miniature specimens, and proposing guidelines for incorporation into engineering assessment methods.

Traditionally when assessing plant components, materials data is obtained from specimens that are close to full thickness, with the material being taken directly from plant, or from archive material. In some cases it may even be a ‘book’ value. However, the trend towards the use of small/miniature specimens for materials property has the following advantages:

• Consumes less material.

• Specimens may be taken from plant without the need for expensive repairs, or where there is limited material available.

• There is a growing body of evidence that suggests growing confidence in using materials data from small specimens for input into critical engineering assessments.


Additional Information

IMechE Member £211.50 (inc VAT) Non Member £258.50 (inc VAT) Student £47 (inc VAT)