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Introduction to forensic engineering

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Introduction to forensic engineering

Why do products fail and who finds out why? In this free course, Introduction to forensic engineering, we enter the complex world of forensic engineering and examine how scientists analyse product failure. From investigating a ladder accident to determining the reasons behind the failures in medical products, you will understand how the truth can be established.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • analyse the cause of failures in polymer products
  • recognise safety-critical polymer components in products
  • describe different failure modes, using conceptual and engineering diagrams, such as fault-tree analysis diagrams
  • distinguish between non-specification features and defects in polymer products. Suggest ways of reducing the effects of defects
  • extract key information from standards, specifications, codes of practice, or technical literature and apply that information to product failures.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 17/03/2016