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Improve the quality of your parts based on feedback from Failure Analysis

Understanding the basic principles of applied assessment processes and the tools necessary to anticipate a failure and draw conclusions to improve the end quality of your items – Theoretical course.

The use of polymer and composite materials to create mechanical objects is very widespread today. Despite efforts undertaken to produce quality pieces, premature flaws can occur due to certain errors introduced during transformation; factors that are badly or not at all considered during design; or even inappropriate use of objects.

A strong understanding of the process that led to the accidental damage provides the basis necessary to go back over the design and manufacture phases in order to improve the quality of the product.

This remote learning course provides an introduction to failure analysis.  We discuss the process applied for failure analysis and the main tools used on plastic, elastomer and composite objects, which enable us to verify failure hypotheses (non-destructive checks, fractography, Physico-chemical analyses, calculations, etc.).


  • Apply objectives
  • Identify the analysis methods that can be used
  • Start an analysis of how an object broke


19th – 23rd June 2023


15:00 – 18:00 (GMT+8) Singapore / 09:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) France



Skill Aims

  • Application of the failure analysis process to situations they find in their company.
  • Identification of analysis methods that can be used to pinpoint causes of failure and their purpose

Who should attend:

Engineers and technicians in quality control, manufacture or maintenance.

Course outline:

Materials and processes

  • Recap on materials, their make-up and their transformation processes
  • Recap on structure/property relations
  • Main flaws found

Process used in failure analysis

  • Preliminary investigation
  • Investigation phase following the starting assumptions

Principles and application of non-destructive checks for assessment

  • Types of checks and flaws detectable (radiography, ultrasound, acoustic emission, thermography, etc.).

Physico-chemical characterisation methods

  • Review of main physico-chemical characterisation methods used in failure analysis
  • Important characteristics to measure and associated techniques

Calculations and mechanical characterisation

  • Main mechanical characterisation methods used in failure analysis
  • Possibilities offered by assessment calculations

Fractography analysis

  • Notions of polymer and composite breakage
  • Process applied to analyse breakage in an object
  • Main events characteristic of breakages in polymers and composites

Application in a real-life situation

  • Application example on a case study (application of the process, consideration of the methods to use to find the cause of failure)


Sophie TOILLON, expert on Materials provides expertise on polymer and composite components and structures.


The areas in which she works

  • Classification of materials
  • Failure analysis, audit, advising
  • Searching for repair or redesign solutions
  • Management of projects across multiple skill areas
  • Training (teaching manager) and presentations on technology days
Moreover, she is head of R&D studies and of supervision of theses on:
  • Ageing and life expectancy prediction
  • Development of classification techniques (remaining constraints, etc.)

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechanical and physical-chemical classification, NDTs of polymer and composite materials (high diffusion and high performance),
  • Failure analysis of plastic, elastomer and composite parts, methodology, FMEA process
  • Damage analysis and identification of failure mechanisms (fractography)
  • Understanding of ageing phenomena
  • Assistance with redesign or repair of faulty parts or structures


  • A CETIM (20 years): failure analysis project manager, head of R&D studies then Area Expert
  • CRITT Materials – LNE East (5 years): manager of classification services, failure analysis, specific formulations, bonding, training

Education and Training

  • Diploma from l’Institut de l’Expertise (Paris)
  • Qualified in Engineering at the Ecole d’Application des Hauts Polymères (EAHP) in Strasbourg (1994), Post-graduate diploma in Physics Chemistry Polymer Materials (1993)
  • Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry (1992)


Course Name

WM13: Improve the quality of your parts based on feedback from Failure Analysis

Course Date:

19th – 23rd June 2023


15:00 – 18:00 (GMT+8) Singapore / 09:00 – 12:00 (GMT+1) France

Closing Date:

5 June 2023, Monday

Course Fee:

SGD 1,400.00 (exclude GST)
For a limited time special: SGD 700 (exclude GST)

Early Bird:

Registration must reach us on or before 15th May 2023, Monday:
SGD 1,260.00 (exclude GST)

We welcome groups to attend our trainings. Please contact us for a group discount package.

Our Accounts will advise if GST is applicable. Participants shall bear all bank charges.
Learners must fulfill at least 75% attendance and pass all assessment components, to be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (COA).

For clarification or inquiries please contact Mrs Lorraine HUANG or Joshua LEE at +65 67788285 or send an email to

Registration Form

To register for the course, please complete this form.

Payment Details:

  • Registration form and course fees are to reach MATCOR before the closing date.
  • Registration will only be confirmed upon full payment.
  • Direct internet banking payment to MATCOR Technology & Services Pte Ltd, Bank: Development Bank of Singapore, Bank Code: 7171, Branch Code: 032, Swift Code: DBSSSGSG, Bank Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #02-32, Great World City, Singapore 237994, Account / Iban No: 032-004152-3. / PAYNOW: UEN199201190R
  • All cheques should be made payable to “MATCOR Technology & Services Pte Ltd” and mailed to 3 Seletar Aerospace Link Singapore 797550, Or
  • Overseas participants may choose to pay in EUR or USD.
  • Participants shall bear all bank charges for payments.

For clarification or inquiries please contact Mrs Lorraine HUANG or Joshua LEE at +65 67788285 or send an email to

Cancellation & Refund:

  • Any cancellation made after closing date – no refund, but delegate substitution is allowed.
  • Any cancellation made before closing date will receive full refund.
  • MATCOR reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course, only if deemed necessary