Materials Selection

Below is the outline for a proposed webinar-style course that will cover materials selection. Participants will learn about the engineering considerations and evaluations necessary to select materials that optimize component performance, reliability, and cost.

The course will consist of 3 to 4 sessions, each about 75 minutes long and we will meet twice a week. A recording of each session will be made available. Homework will be assigned that will be relevant to participants’ products and this will be an interactive course.

For this first offering of the course the fee will be $300 per person. The course will be limited to 15 people.

Course content

The following topics will be covered:

  • Relationship between a product and its materials
  • Design and materials selection process steps
  • Identifying product, sub-assembly, and component/joint design requirements
  • Identifying materials selection criteria
  • Identifying potential materials
  • Evaluating suitability of materials

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to…

  • List the steps of the materials selection process.
  • Explain the categories of design requirements.
  • Identify the design requirements for products, sub-assemblies, components, and joints.
  • Identify materials selection criteria based on component and joint design requirements
  • Assess potential risks associated with using specific materials
  • Identify methods for evaluating composition, microstructure, and manufacturing defects in materials
  • Identify methods for evaluating the properties of materials and performance of components and joints
  • Design tests for evaluating the reliability of materials, components, and joints
  • Explain the considerations for determining ease of manufacturing and assembly of components
  • Explain the cost considerations for materials selection