Introduction to Mechanical Testing

An introduction of the principles of testing and its importance

We are delighted to be working with experienced trainer, Clayton Thomas, to offer this one-day short course on mechanical testing.

Mechanical testing is an important part of understanding how materials behave and how they will operate in service.  It is a key piece in the jigsaw of materials design and selection. The knowledge gained from the course will assist engineers and designers when specifying materials.

This course is one of five courses in the IOM3 Metallurgy in Practice suite.  If you attend this and two of the other courses in the series, you will receive an IOM3 Certificate in Metallurgy in Practice.

Who should attend this course?

This course is suitable for anyone working in engineering, production and design and who manufacture or supply engineering components.  It will also be a useful introduction to the subject for new starters and graduate engineers but may also be of interest to those in supporting roles.

How is the course structured?

The course will cover:

  1. Principles of mechanical testing
    Why test?
    The importance of testpiece location
    Results - what do they mean?
  2. Tensile, hardness and toughness testing
    Fundamentals of tensile testing
    Methods of hardness testing and relationship with other properties
    Impact and fracture toughness testing
  3. Special methods of testing
    Fatigue testing
    Examples of corrosion testing
    Welding qualification
    Microstructural analysis
  4. Evaluation of test results
    Common problems

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £550.  IOM3 members and subscribers to Module 2 of our Business Partner Programme are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee. These fees are exclusive of VAT at 20% where applicable.




Register here to book on to this virtual course:

An Introduction to Mechanical Testing on 12 September 2023



Your tutor - Dr Clayton Thomas BSc(Eng),PhD, MMet, ARSM, MICorr

Clayton is originally from South Wales but currently lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  He studied metallurgy at Imperial College and gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield looking at offshore corrosion fatigue.  After working for British Steel Technical for three years, as a metallurgical investigator and then corrosion test laboratory manager, he joined Cameron (now called One Subsea), a major supplier of oil and gas completion equipment, in 1990.  He eventually became senior metallurgist and worked on major topside and offshore projects for operators such as BP, Shell,  AGIP, Total, and Conoco. He also had responsibility for the material selection and corrosion prevention for topside and subsea projects and for the metallurgy and welding of equipment including wellheads, BOPs, flowlines, choke valves, risers, manifolds, Christmas trees and associated items.
Since 2000 Clayton has been director of Lloyd-Thomas Consultancy Ltd, providing metallurgical support and training. He has continued to work in oil and gas as well as other engineering sectors, such as power engineering, aerospace and biomedical, has carried out numerous failures investigations and has acted as an expert witness in litigation cases.
He has run over 250 metallurgy courses for companies and colleges on various aspects of metallurgy and has been working with IOM3 since 2020.


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Introduction to Corrosion & Its Prevention

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Fracture and Fatigue Failure Analysis

Training for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting failure modes and an introduction to failure analysis

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Introduction to Oilfield Metallurgy

Specialist metallurgical training for those working in the oil and gas sectors

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