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CME8060 : Lifetime Prediction & Design for Reliability

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to provide an introduction to failure processes (fatigue, creep, fracture, surface contact fatigue, wear, corrosion and oxidation) which limit the life of engineering structures in order to allow students to estimate and predict the life and reliability of materials and engineering structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

-Fatigue in engineering applications: low cycle and high cycle fatigue.

-Creep failure and design against creep.

-Contact mechanics: Hertz theory and materials responses to contact stresses. Friction and wear mechanisms and surface contact fatigue.

-Lubrication and surface engineering processes to enhance the lifetime of components (gears and bearings).

-Corrosion and high temperature oxidation (mechanisms and kinetics).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion171:0071:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will be used to deliver theoretical content with relevant industrial examples.

Tutorials are used for solving practical engineering problems.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50Technical Report (approx. 1500-2000 words)
Report2M50Technical Report (approx. 1500-2000 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MCanvas quizzes with feedback throughout the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two reports provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding (M1) and problem solving skills (M2).

They also develop the ability to select and critically evaluate technical literature (M4) and communication skills (M17).

Canvas quizzes allow students to gauge their understanding in a formative manner as they progress through the module.

Reading Lists