Root Cause Failure Analysis Seminar

  • August 16, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Failure analysis is an important part of materials and corrosion engineer’s responsibility, since understanding the nature of failure can improve our ability to select materials and recommend designs that ensure structural integrity. Root Cause Failure Analysis is a powerful tool you can use to focus on the source of the equipment failure to prevent future failures.

The primary goal of this one-day seminar is to present failure analysis investigations in a structured manner in order to determine the cause of failures in different materials and components. A wide range of case studies will be presented describing the analysis of real engineering failures to provide a better understating of the methodology to perform Root Cause Failure Analysis including the reasons materials fail in certain situations.


The case studies will cover important scenarios, including material defects, mechanical failure as a result of improper design, corrosion, welding metallurgy,  surface coating, and other environmental causes which each of the failure cases will have stand-alone learning.

RCFA Seminar Program

9:00 am – 9:30 amRegister 
09:30 am – 09:40 amIntroductionAgenda Setting
9:40 am – 10:15 amVahid Afshari, GHD A Practical Guide to Failure Analysis
10:15 am – 10:50 amGeoff White, AkzoNobelFailure Analysis- Painting and Coating
10:50 am – 11:20 amMorning Tea
11:20 am – 11:55 amPaul Huggett, ApplusFailure Analysis- Welding Case Study
11:55 am – 12:30 pmGilles Dour, Advisian Failure Analysis - Materials Selection
12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm – 2:05 pmBrian Kinsella, Curtin UniversityFailure Analysis- Stray Current Corrosion
2:05 pm – 2:40 pm
Laura Machuca, Curtin UniversityMIC JIP program Case Study
2:40 pm – 3:10 pm
Afternoon Tea
3:10 - 4-00 pm
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Major Sponsor


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    Geoff White
    Geoff works for International Paint as a Technical Specialist in the Protective Coatings Division.  Geoff has been working in the surface coatings industry for over 35 years.  He is a project manager with site experience in Coating Specification, Inspection, Sales, Failure Analysis, Materials Consulting and Surface Preparation and Coating Application Contracting within the Protective Coatings and Marine Coatings Industry. Geoff is a NACE Level 3 Certified Coating Inspector, FROSIO Level 3 Coating Inspector, ACA Certified Corrosion Technologist, ACA Hot Dip Galvanizing Inspector & Coating Inspector, SSPC Protective Coating Specialist and has a Painting Contractors Certification Program (PCCP) accreditation as a Responsible Person for Industrial Lead Paint Management.
  • Vahid Afshari
    Vahid received his Ph.D. from the School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, in 2010. He has over 21 years of experiences in materials selection and corrosion engineering consideration at the asset design stage and corrosion management throughout the asset life cycle predominantly in the oil and gas industry. Areas of skills include materials selection, corrosion rate prediction modelling, failure analysis, specification of painting, coating and lining system, cathodic protection system design, welding metallurgy and NDT. Vahid has published over 28 technical papers in top rated materials and corrosion engineering journals and peer-reviewed international conference proceedings. Vahid has been an ACA member since 2004.
  • Paul Huggett
    Paul Huggett has worked in the manufacturing and mining industries for the past 32 years as a Materials Scientist, with a diverse range of experience and skills in materials technology and analysis, engineering design, research and product development. Paul’s materials experience includes metals, ceramics, polymers and composites in areas including failure analysis, corrosion testing and analysis, materials testing, research and development, slurry and water pipeline design, project engineering and project management. Paul graduated as a Materials Scientist in 1986 and completed a Master of Science in 1992 followed by a PhD in composite wear materials research in 2008.
  • Brian Kinsella
    Brian Kinsella is a Professor in the Curtin Corrosion Centre. He founded and directed the Western Australian Corrosion Research Group (WACRG) at Curtin University (1987-2007) which has evolved to form the present Curtin Corrosion Centre.  He retired from Curtin to take up the prestigious position as Stocker Visiting Professor, Ohio University (2008-2011), where he worked at the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology from September 2008 to March 2011. Brian was invited back to Curtin in October 2013 as Deputy Director of the Corrosion Centre. His main interests are internal pipeline corrosion, corrosion inhibitors and electrochemical techniques. He has authored and co-authored over 100 journal publications and over 300 confidential reports to industry in these areas. Brian is a NACE Fellow and recipient of the ACA Gold Medal Award.
  • Laura Machuca
    Laura Machuca leads research and industry projects on MIC at the Curtin Corrosion Centre (Curtin University). Her research focuses on the interaction of microbes with metals and the role of microbes in deterioration processes particularly those relevant to the oil & gas and marine industries. She has received a PhD Chancellor’s commendation, Best Review Paper Award, Best Research Paper Award, several international travel awards and was nominated for the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the year award in 2016.
  • Gilles Dour
    Gilles is a multidisciplinary Engineer, with a strong research background in Materials and Process engineering, Materials Science and Mechanical engineering. He has specialised lately in Integrity Engineering for Oil & Gas applications, with an incursion in the OHS Regulatory discipline and process safety.


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