Workshop on “Material Characterization for Failure Analysis”

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Engineering Institutes are facing challenges to meet the rising expectations of stake holders. The challenge today is to prepare work ready technical personnel by offering quality technical education at UG level. The way forward for non-autonomous institutes is to provide training and learning materials that covers the gap between syllabus prescribed by universities and graduates attributes required by industries. This training is step in this direction to prepare students who meet the career challenges & opportunities through special features related to their course.

23rd March, 2018
Seminar Hall, 1st Floor, Pillai HOC college of Engineering & Technology, Rasayani
Dr. R. C. Prasad
Mechanical Engineering

Metals & Alloys are widely used for a variety of industrial applications. This training workshop will provide an outstanding opportunity to the students pursuing diploma / degree in engineering & professionals working in Production & Quality assurance in industries to develop skill and sound understanding of micro-structural characterization & their applications to find the root cause of failure of industrial components.


Program Itinerary
9:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Causes & Consequences of Failure, Steps Involved in Failure Analysis
11:00 - 13:00 Role of Metallography in Failure Analysis
Metallographic Techniques for Microstructural Characterization, Inclusion & Grain Size Determination
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Mechanical Testing & Fracture Surface Topography for Failure Investigation
15:30 - 16:00 Some case studies Illustrating the Role of Metallography / Mechanical Testing & Fractography in Failure Analysis


The inauguration ceremony started with felicitating our chief guest of honour Prof. Dr. R. C. Prasad. The welcome speech addressed by Dr. Lata Menon which was followed with introduction to Mahatma Education Society’s Campus at Rasayani. The immense training session was started after lamp lightening ceremony.

Speaker profile
Prof. Dr. R. C. Prasad

  • Ph.D. – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • M.Tech. – Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • B.Sc. Engg. – BIT, Sindri
  • Former Professor at IIT Bombay
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, PCE Panvel & PHCET Rasayani
  • Vice Chair, American Society for Quality – LMC Mumbai
  • Vice President Society for Failure Analysis, Hyderabad
  • Life Member, Indian Structural Integrity Society (In SIS), Bangalore
  • Life Member, Indian Institute of Metals
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Non-Destructive Testing

Abstract of talk:

Prof. Dr. R. C. Prasad initiated his talk with basics of fracture. He explained the various mechanisms of crack and crack propagation that leads to fracture. The deterministic analysis to understand failure and root causes was presented. He delivered importance of metallography in failure analysis. In afternoon session, he explained microstructural characterization, mechanical testing and fracture surface topography with the help of few case studies.


Prof. Dr. R. C. Prasad was guest of honour for valedictory function. Along with chief speaker, the dais was shared by Dr. Lata Menon, Dr. Mathew and Dr. Priam Pillai. All present at the dais shared their knowledges and inspired all the participants.

Then there was a contest for all the participants to quantify the effectiveness of the workshop. All the participants vigorously took part in the contest and were awarded with chocolates. After the contest all participants were asked to give verbal as well as written feedbacks. Overall the feedback was positive and cheering.

Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants by the honourable guests along with a CD containing all the study material and Group photograph for memory.