Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 05.12.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Risto Ilola. Responsible teacher. Contact:, 0504005318.

Laura Tiainen. Microscopy, sample preparation. Contact:, 0504331028.

Kim Widell. Hardness measurement, heat treatment. Contact:, 0504330218

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Autumn (I-II)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student:

- knows principles of optical and electron microscopy, and failure analysis

- is able to prepare metallographic samples, do hardness measurements, and analyse microstructures using optical microscope

- is able to produce, analyse and report own results

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Assignments on heat treatments, metallographic characterization, and failure analysis of metal alloys.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Introductory lectures for the assignments. Guided laboratory assignments on metallography basics, hardenability of steels, stainless steels, and failure analysis. Independent analysis of results and reporting. Presentation and discussion of results in classroom.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Evaluation is based on the assignments.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Reporting of assignments. Presentation and analysis of results, and conclusions.  Quality of metallographic samples and micrographs.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, laboratory work, independent work, total 135 h.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Lectures 10 h, laboratory work 20 h, independent work (literature review, analysis of results and reporting) 105 h. 

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced on the course.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MEC-E6001 Engineering metals and alloys, or equivalent knowledge.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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