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Structural Integrity- Designing Against Failure, Short Course

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University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Structural Integrity- Designing Against Failure module at The Open University UK is well-illustrated with case studies, and will be of interest to anyone associated with the design of any component or structure that experiences loading, and will be of benefit in developing skills in the analysis and assessment of product design.


Structural integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components and structures under load, and has become increasingly important in engineering design. It integrates aspects of stress analysis, materials behaviour and the mechanics of failure into the engineering design process. 

This is an OU level 3 engineering module, which integrates aspects of design, materials selection and mechanical engineering under the banner of ‘structural integrity’. It will be of particular relevance to you if you are studying towards a BEng (Hons) or MEng qualification, or pursuing a BSc and will benefit from exposure to and an understanding of the application of stress analysis principles and the causes underlying materials failures.

The Structural Integrity- Designing Against Failure module at The Open University UK is also a valuable updating module for professional engineers as part of your continuing professional development. Structural integrity therefore covers a wide range of skills underpinning the design of products, components and structures that must operate safely and reliably.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fracture mechanics
  • Failure modes
  • Environmental factors

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You should have previously studied engineering-related modules at OU level 1 and 2. You will also need mathematical skills for engineers or scientists. In particular you should be able to:

  • describe the concept of stress in an engineering context, and relate it simply to an applied force
  • describe the concept of strain, and its relation to stress through the Young’s modulus of a material
  • recognise the names of common metals, ceramics and polymers
  • distinguish between metals, ceramics and polymers in terms of their atomic and molecular structure, and understand how the atomic-level structure and microstructure of a solid material relates to its physical properties

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