April 2 & 3, 2012

ASM Houston Chapter
Failure Analysis Seminar
April 2012

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Program Chairman:
Diane Nielsen – Materion Brush Performance Alloys
281-221-6717
diane.nielsen@materion.com

Seminar Location:
Brady’s Landing Restaurant
8585 Cypress St
Houston, TX 77012
ph:713-928-9921

Registration Times:
8:00 am on Monday April 2nd, 2012.
7:30 am on Tuesday April 3rd, 2012.

Seminar Duration:

Monday April 2nd, 2012 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

  • Professional Engineers will earn 7 Professional Development Hours for each day of the seminar attended.

Download Failure Analysis Seminar Program Schedule and Registration Form

Meeting Location!

Map to Brady’s Landing

Register for Seminar

(There are options for single day registration or both day registration)

Register for April 3rd Dinner Meeting Only

Exhibitor Registration

Exhibition Open Tuesday, April 3
during Lunch and Social Hour

Exhibitors to be set up by 11 a.m. Tuesday

Exhibitor List

Precision Surfaces International, Inc.
KnightHawk Engineering
McBain Systems
NOV Downhole
An-Tech Labs
Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Element Materials Technology
Wear and Friction Resources

Dinner Meeting April 3, 2012

Social Hour & Display Tables:
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Buffet Dinner

Key Note Speaker: 7:00 pm
Ronald J. Parrington, P.E., FASM – IMR Test Labs
Product Liability and Failure Analysis

Failure analysis is a valuable tool in determining product liability. The legal and technical definitions of product failure are reviewed. Root causes of product failures can be categorized as (1) physical, (2) human and/or (3) latent (systemic) or by the stage in the product life cycle (material, design, manufacture and/or service). Failure analysis is used to identify the physical cause(s) of failure (distortion, fracture, wear and/or corrosion). The process of failure analysis is outlined. Case histories of failure analysis are illustrated with numerous photographs, fractographs and photomicrographs.

Ronald J. Parrington, P.E., FASM is the President of IMR Test Labs, a full service materials laboratory.  Ron is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with BS and MS degrees in Materials Engineering.  He has over 30 years of experience in failure analysis of metallic and nonmetallic materials, has presented and published numerous papers on failure analysis, teaches the ASM courses (Principles of Failure Analysis, Practical Fractography, and Introduction to Polymers and Polymer Testing), is past chairman of the ASM International Failure Analysis Committee and the ASM Chapter Council, and is currently the Chairman of the ASM Materials Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE, APRIL 2

Registration: 8:00 – 9:00

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introduction to Failure Analysis Course

Session Chair
Elizabeth Huber, Element Materials Technology

Course Abstract
Whether made of metal, plastic, rubber, glass, ceramic or composites, failure analysis and prevention is a valuable tool to improve products.  Some causes and mechanisms of failure are identical or similar for different materials, while others are not.  The process of failure analysis is discussed in this seminar with an emphasis on the fundamental principles, the important failure mechanisms, and the features characterizing failures.  The distinctions and commonalities between failures in different materials will also be highlighted.  Case histories of materials failure analysis are illustrated with numerous photographs, fractographs and photomicrographs.  In addition, because macroscopic visual examination is the most important aspect of a failure analysis, the instructor will provide a tutorial on visual examination of materials failures including an interactive, hands-on failure analysis workshop.

Speaker
Ronald J. Parrington, P.E., FASM is the President of IMR Test Labs, a full service materials laboratory.  Ron is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with BS and MS degrees in Materials Engineering.  He has over 30 years of experience in failure analysis of metallic and nonmetallic materials, has presented and published numerous papers on failure analysis, teaches the ASM courses (Principles of Failure Analysis, Practical Fractography, and Introduction to Polymers and Polymer Testing), is past chairman of the ASM International Failure Analysis Committee and the ASM Chapter Council, and is currently the Chairman of the ASM Materials Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Course Abstract:
Failure analysis is a valuable tool in determining product liability.  The legal and technical definitions of product failure are reviewed.  Root causes of product failures can be categorized as (1) physical, (2) human and/or (3) latent (systemic) or by the stage in the product life cycle (material, design, manufacture and/or service).  Failure analysis is used to identify the physical cause(s) of failure (distortion, fracture, wear and/or corrosion).  The process of failure analysis is outlined.  Case histories of failure analysis are illustrated with numerous photographs, fractographs and photomicrographs.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE APRIL 3, 2012

Registration: 7:30 am– 8:30 am

Session I: 8:30 – 10:30 am

8:30 am – 9: 15 am
Kim Flesner, Stress Engineering
Optimizing Photography and Documentation for Failure Analysis

9:15 am – 10:00 am
David Hendrix, The Hendrix Group, Inc.
The elusive goal of “Root Cause” failure analysis – the importance of persistence, as illustrated by O&G production corrosion case histories: (1) Distinguishing between MIC, CO2 and H2S pitting and (2) the accelerated corrosion of alloy 625 injection tubing in wet gas production wells.

10:00 am – 10:30 am
L.Louis Loushin, P.E.
Mechanical Integrity of Hydrocarbon Process Equipment

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break

Session II: 10:45 am – 12:15 am

10:45am  – 11:15 am
Matt Stage, Weatherford
Failure Analysis of Weatherford’s line of FracGuard Composite Bridge Plugs: two brief case studies

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Tom Walsh, Wasl Consulting Svc. Co
Polymer Failure Analysis

11:45 – 12:15
Charles Bolfrass, Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A & M University
Humans Cause as many Component Failures, as do Materials

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch
Exhibits / display table area open

Session III: 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
James E. Martinez, NASA Johnson Space Center. Failure Analysis of Space Shuttle Reaction Control System (RCS) Thruster

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
John D. Figert, NASA Johnson Space Center
Failure Analyis of a Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) Wire Rope

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Dr. Johnny L. Golden, Boeing Research & Technology, Failure Analysis of a Nitrided 15-5 PH Steel

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Break

Session IV: 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Don Van Arnam, NOV-Quality Tubing
Coiled Tubing Failure Investigations

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Bruce Urband, Spinnaker Engineering LLC
Oil Country Tubular Goods

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Krutibas Panda, Halliburton – Sperry Sun Drilling Services
Failure Analysis of an Acoustic LWD (Logging While Drilling) Sonic Collar

4:15– 4:45 pm
Nausha Asrar, Schlumberger
Solder/End-metallization Interdiffusion in Electronic Interconnects

4:45 – 5:15 pm
Danielle Rickert, Timken
From Crane Cables to Rail Wheels, Failure Analyses of Pearlitic Structures

Social Hour & Display Tables:
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm Buffet Dinner

Key Note Speaker: 7:15 pm
Ronald J. Parrington, P.E., FASM
Product Liability and Failure Analysis