Special Lecture for Materials Science and Engineering V

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Cross Jeffrey Scott 
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Fall Semester

Outline of lecture

The lecture in this course focuses on introducing reliability engineering to graduate students in materials science. The classroom time will be divided between lecture and group discussion.

Purpose of lecture

Reliability engineering consists of theoretical and practical aspects regarding materials, products and systems testing and modeling to perform their required functions for desired periods of time without failure, in specified environments. This course will introduce the key concepts related to materials reliability, testing with application to thin film devices The course will be taught, class discussions and all assignments will be in English. Ceramics background is not required but basic understanding of material properties is essential.

Plan of lecture

Topics covered in the lecture are listed below.
1. Introduction to reliability engineering as applied to materials
2. Introduction to experimental design method
3. Use of software for reliability data analysis, MS Excel
4. Accelerated testing methods and reliability for microelectronics devices

Textbook and reference

There is no required textbook for this course. Handouts will be prepared by the instructor.
Reference books are below.
1. Reliability & failure of Electronic Materials & Devices, M. Ohring, Academic Press, 1998
ISBN 0125249853
2. Practical Reliability Engineering, P.D.T. O' Connor, 4th Ed., Wiley, 2002, ISBN 0470844639

Related and/or prerequisite courses

The course is taught in English.


Attendance, classroom participation and homework

Comments from lecturer

Reliability Engineering is a multi-disciplanary topic. In this course emphasis will be
placed on reliability for materials scientists and applications.


For further inquiries contact Prof. Jeffrey Cross by e-mail.

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