Failure and Damage Mechanisms of Pressurized Equipment

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


ASME and API codes are commonly referred to for the design, fabrication, inspection, and testing of pressurized equipment. Failure and damage mechanisms during service are however generally not addressed in these codes. Understanding and determining the causes of failure or degradation is essential when conducting a general inspection, fitness-for-service (FFS) assessment or risk-based-inspection (RBI) of an equipment or plant.

As determination of the cause of failures/degradation can be quite complex due to widely varying material/environmental condition interactions in most plants, API Recommended Practice 571 was published to provide information and general guidelines to assist inspection personnel and engineers in identifying likely causes of damage, as well as to introduce the concepts of service-induced deterioration and failure modes.

While API 571 does serve its purpose well, this training course aims to provide participants with deeper understanding of the failure/damage mechanisms through case studies, comprehensive presentation of metallurgical/scientific evidence and explanation of the fundamentals behind the respective mechanisms. The course also introduces the concepts of metallurgical failure analysis, which would help participants on diagnosing failure and damage mechanisms.

Cetim, the leading French Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry, was established in 1965 to support innovation and competitiveness of engineering companies through its multidisciplinary expertise and unique R&D capabilities.

In Asia Pacific, CETIM-Matcor, a forward-looking company, is specialized in the field of Material & Corrosion Assessment, Failure Analysis & Forensic Investigation and Mechanical Power Transmission.

Jointly with NTU, CETIM-Matcor will conduct advanced engineering courses for engineers who will like to understand and learn in depth knowledge from our experience trainers with vast industrial and field experience. Courses are largely focused on Corrosion Engineering and Failures Analysis in areas such as Pressurized Equipment, Shafts, Gears & Bearings as well as Forensic Engineering Investigation.

Course Availability

  • Date(s): 25 to 27 Oct 2022

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration Closing Date: 12 Oct 2022

The training provides participants with:

• Basic concepts in metallurgy
• Overview of failure analysis and the techniques of diagnosing failure modes and damage mechanisms
• Understanding of general damage mechanisms for all industries
• Understanding of damage mechanisms in refining/petrochemical industries (for 3rd day course). Integration of theoretical and practical knowledge through case studies.
• Ability to recognize and evaluate different failure/damage mechanisms and their implications on service life

Day 1 (Part I – MTS 02)
• Introduction and Course Objectives
• Basic Concepts of Metallurgy
• Overview of Failure Analysis and Diagnostic Techniques
• Mechanical and Metallurgical Failure Mechanisms

Day 2 (Part I – MTS 02)
• Uniform or Localized Loss of Thickness
• High Temperature Corrosion
• Environmental-Assisted Cracking

Day 3 (Part Il– Refer to MTS03)
• Refining/Petrochemical Industries
• Uniform or Localized of Thickness
• Environmental-Assisted Cracking
• Other Mechanisms

The course is designed for Engineers (AEs, CPs, etc), Inspectors, Consultants, Adjusters, Maintenance and Plant Operators, and Safety and Quality Assurance Personnel. It is essential for those whose work involve safety, inspection, maintenance, trouble-shooting, plant operations and prevention of failures.

This course is qualified for 15 Professional Development Units (PDU) by the Professional Engineers Board.

Standard Course Fee: S$2889.00

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes

Cat-A SSG Funded Courses


Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)


  • All fees stated are inclusive of 7% GST
  • NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click  here for more information. 
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Ms Judy Goh

Ms Judy Goh

Ms JUDY GOH BEng MSE (Hons), API 510, API 580

Judy has 10 years of relevant experience consultancy experience in forensic engineering, failure investigation, materials, corrosion engineering and condition assessment work. The industries covered include utilities/power plants, oil and gas, chemicals, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, marine and offshore.

Er. Liam Kok Chye

Er. Liam Kok Chye

Er. LIAM KOK CHYE BEng (Hons) M.Eng, P.Eng, Sr M.I.E.S. NACE

Er. Liam, has more than 30 years of consulting experience in failure analysis, forensic engineering and condition assessment for a wide spectrum of industries. He has also served as expert witness for many litigation and insurance cases. Through his failure analysis work, he has encountered more than 90% of the damage mechanisms covered in API 571, which would be shared through case studies in the course.