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Industrial Failure Analysis Applied Metallurgy Corrosion – Mechanisms, Investigation and Prevention Fire Investigation Structural Analysis in Design and Failure Investigation Human Factors in Design and Accident Investigation

Professional Engineers Board (Singapore) had approved UTC as course organizer in professional training (PEB/APP/CO-00455).
UTC’s Experts and guest lecturers from industries with extensive experience provide lectures to public to share their knowledge and industrial experience.

This course is approved and subsidized by governmental agency, qualified for 13 PDUs by PEB (Professional Engineer Board), PIC (40% cash payout) funding support.
UTC had conducted a similar course for RSAF.

Course Overview

Failures often occur on products, facilities, infrastructures in various industrial sectors, not only resulting in huge economic loss but also fatalities in some cases. It’s critical and imperative to determine the failure cause(s), failure mechanism(s) and provide counter measures to prevent similar failure(s) recurrence in future. Effective failure analysis can not only enhance reliability and safety of products and infrastructures, but also improve the product quality and reduce operational cost and down time of facilities so that improve productivity.

This course is designed to provide an overview and solid foundation in understanding and performing industrial failure analysis by sharing relevant knowledge (not only just from textbooks but also from working practice) and discussing actual case studies (including cases submitted by delegates).

Learning Objectives

  • To understand general failure analysis procedures, methodologies and techniques.
  • To understand the significance of properties of materials, their behavior and influences by structural, process and environment.
  • To learn analytical techniques used for failure analysis.
  • Characteristics, mechanisms of common failures and their failure causes.

Course Content

Part 1, Overview of industrial failure analysis
General procedures
Effective failure analysis
Report preparation and assessment
How to select failure analysis service providers

Part 2, Non-destructive examination
Visual examination
Ultrasonic testing
Dye/liquid penetration
Magnetic particle examination
Eddy Current testing
X-ray examination

Part 3, Advanced analytical instruments and applications
Microscopy – microscopic and metallurgical examination
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)/Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX)
Chemical element analysis
X-ray diffraction (XRD)
Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR)
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

Part 4, Failures - characteristics, mechanisms and prevention
Mechanical failures
Fractures - Brittle and ductile fractures
Material embrittlements - hydrogen, liquid metals, tempering
Fatigue – LCF, HCF, corrosion fatigue
Fractography - macro and micro-examination on fracture surfaces
Wear: abrasive, fretting, contact fatigue, ferrography
Chemical failures
General corrosion, pitting, intergranular corrosion, crevice corrosion, galvanic corrosion, stress corrosion, selective leaching, erosion corrosion, hydrogen attack
Electrical failures
Current leakage
Short circuit
Open circuit
P-N junction breakdown

Part 5, Case Studies.
A number of actual failure cases from different industrial sectors including aerospace, marine, transportation, construction, electronics, oil refinery will be discussed.

Course Instructor

Dr George YU, is registered Chartered Engineer (UK) and API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector (USA), Executive Committee Member of The Institute of Materials (East Asia) and Technical assessor/expert by Singapore Accreditation Council. He has more than 30 years of relevant industrial work and research experience. As lead author, he published a number of technical papers in referred international journals and conferences. As Principal Investigator, he successfully completed more than 1000 projects on failure analysis, accident investigation, product development, facility assessment/inspection and material evaluation, including damages of amusement rides (roller coaster vehicle & track), major disruptions in mass rapid transport system (power supply, rails), accidents of cranes, aerospace engine damages, automotive steering system failure, lift rope breakage, landing gear system failure, turbine & hovercraft accidents, failures in gas and steam turbines, notebook computer burning, failures in jack-up rigs, extra-hydrogen release in huge batteries of Submarine (>300 Kg), transformer fire, failures of PCB, PCBA, LCD, passive components and IC, heat exchanger burst, submarine power cable damages, microprocessor malfunction, transformer firing, electrical busduct explosion, premature failure of tungsten carbide tools, explosion of power distribution system, large ship-lifting system cracking, failures in building and structures etc. His investigation and recommendations on two major roller coaster incidents (the operation down for >1 year) resulted in significant improvements on safety & reliability of the system. As expert witness, Dr YU attended a series of court hearings and legal litigations including Committee of Inquiry (COI) on two major MRT disruptions in 2011 and fatal crane incident at National Arts Gallery. Dr YU had correctly determined the root cause of the worst massive MRT disruption on 7 July, 2015 and his views had been published on Top of Views

in The Straits Times (A4, 30 July 2015).

Click here to download Dr YU's CV.

Who should attend

This course is ideal for professionals in engineering, maintenance, QA, safety and R&D from various industries such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, marine, construction, oil refinery, chemical, and electronics. This course can also help management staff, lawyers and insurance professionals involved in litigations from industrial failures/accidents for better understanding the natures, mechanisms and responsibilities of the failures/accidents.

Course Schedule

Two days (16 – 17 Aug, 2018)
UTC offers both regular courses and customized training.
content">UTC had successfully conducted the customized course "Failure Investigation and Analysis (FIA)" for Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The course was awarded 18 professional development units (PDU) by Professional Engineers Board, Singapore.


Please click here to download registration form. The registration will be closed 10 days before the course commencement. The registration is effective only after the payment is received, and confirmation email will be sent to you. Payment can be made by:

Method 1-Cheque/bankdraft

Make payable to “Universal Technology Centre LLP ”. Mail cheque to “Universal Technology Centre, 10 Anson Road, International Plaza #10-11, Singapore 079903.”

Method 2 - Bank transfer

Account No: 020-901961-6 Universal Technology Centre LLP

Bank name: DBS Bank Ltd 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 Singapore 018982

Course Fee

S$555/delegate after e2i training grant
Course material, refreshments, complimentary lunch arrangement and certificate for accomplishment will be provided.
10% discount is applicable for company with ≥3 pax, T & C.
e2i subsidy (S$225/pax, limited seats) is available for PMEs of Singaporean or PR with ≥ 75% attendance. T & C.

Companies can enjoy 400% tax deductions and/or 40% cash payout of course fee under PIC.

Terms and Conditions
  • Limited subsidy seats are available, is subject to a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course, given one week notice before course commencement.
  • UTC reserves the right to change or cancel any course, in light of unforeseen circumstances. Full refund is applicable in case of cancelation.
  • All details are correct at time of dissemination.

Course Venue

NTU@Onenorth campus
11 Slim Barracks Rise (off North Buona Vista Road)
Singapore 609607


1. If registered person(s) could not attend, can we replace with others?
Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course, given one week notice before course commencement.

2. Can I get refund if the course is cancelled?
UTC reserves the right to change or cancel any course, in light of unforeseen circumstances. Full refund is applicable in case of cancelation.

3. Can I withdraw the registration?
If you withdraw the registration two months before the course commencement, full refund is given.
If your withdraw is made in 1-2 months before the course commencement, 50% refund will be applied.
If the withdraw is made less than 1 month before the course commencement, no refund will be provided. Replacement is acceptable, given one week notice before course commencement.

4. What are the terms and conditions for e2i subsidy?
Eligibility for e2i subsidy: Professionals, managers and executives of Singaporean or PR with at least 75% attendance. Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for e2i funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.

5. What is PIC Grant?
When the course fee paid by companies, they can enjoy 400% tax deductions/allowances and/or 60% cash payout for investment in innovation and productivity improvements under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme.
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6. When the registration is closed?
The registration will be closed 10 days before the course commencement.

7. Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please visit, or email to or call/SMS to (65)81380509.

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