This short course will enable you to understand the structure and properties of materials, and to apply this knowledge to the use of materials in the offshore environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost £1,700.  The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of this short course you will:

  • Understand the basic principles of material structures on a micro and macro scale, and be able to relate microstructure to mechanical performance
  • Have a broad knowledge of how the chemical composition, microstructure and processing route for steels and non-ferrous alloys influence the resulting mechanical properties
  • Be able to relate fracture, corrosion and welding behaviour to particular alloy specifications
  • Understand the basis of selection of specific materials (steels, stainless steels, polymers, composites, copper and nickel based corrosion resistant alloys and concrete) for different applications offshore
  • Know how to apply design codes, and their relevance to specification of materials in offshore applications
  • Have knowledge of the specifications, composition, structure and properties of the various steels and non-ferrous alloys.

Core content

  • Introduction to materials: atomic structure, crystal structure, imperfections, diffusion, mechanical properties, dislocation and strengthening mechanisms, phase diagrams, phase transformations, solidification, corrosion
  • Introduction to materials in offshore structures: to materials usage in offshore engineering in fixed and floating structures, jack-ups, pipelines, and in topside and process equipment
  • Structural steels - C-Mn ferrite-pearlite structural steels, specifications and influence of composition, heat treatment and microstructure on mechanical properties
  • Pipeline steels - effect of processing grain refinement, thermomechanical treatment and accelerated cooled steels (TMCP). Effect of composition, inclusions, grain size and production route on mechanical properties
  • Corrosion resistant materials - stainless steels - austenitic, ferritic, martensitic and duplex stainless steels - compositions, microstructures, properties, other corrosion resistant alloys, copper and nickel based alloys, clad material
  • Non-metallic materials - concrete and reinforced concrete, polymers and composites used offshore
    offshore failures: case studies.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees. Find out more about short course credit points.


  • Dr Paul Colegrove
  • Dr Joy Sumner


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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