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CME8060 : Lifetime Prediction & Design for Reliability

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Stevin Pramana
  • 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 understanding of failure processes (fatigue, creep, fracture, surface contact fatigue, wear, corrosion and oxidation) that 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.
Strength and deformation of metals and alloys at elevated temperature; Creep failure and design against creep.
Contact mechanics: Hertz theory and materials responses to contact stresses.
Friction processes, 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion170:0070:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00PiP sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00PiP tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Recorded lectures will be used to introduce the main topics. PiP lectures will be used to deliver material not covered in the recorded lectures and also to revise the content of recorded lectures.

Tutorials support the students' private-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

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 words)
Report2M50Technical Report (approx. 1500 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 reports enables a more realistic engineering problem to be considered and assesses the required information acquisition and technical writing skills. It also develops the ability to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin engineering design, in conjunction with a deeper knowledge and understanding in a specific subject area.

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