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Course Description

Advanced Material Damage Analysis

Course format: Classroom instruction with written test
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours

This course meets the training requirements for the following roles:
Steel Structural Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

  • Identify advanced materials used for vehicle construction and describe their characteristics and applications
  • Explain how advanced vehicle construction materials affect collision energy management
  • Understand damage analysis considerations for advanced materials
  • Make repair versus replace decisions for specific advanced materials and understand general damage analysis considerations
  • Describe the effects of heat and straightening on different advanced materials
  • Explain advanced materials recycled parts considerations, joining methods, corrosion protection, and refinishing considerations

Module 1 – How are Advanced Materials Different?
This module provides an overview of the course objectives and identifies many of the types of advanced materials — including steels, aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber — that are used for vehicle construction and how they are affected during a collision. The student will also learn damage analysis considerations.

Module 2 – Materials, Application, and Repair Considerations
Students continue by learning characteristics of advanced materials along with specific applications, repair versus replace decisions, and the effect heat and straightening has on different materials.

Module 3 – General Considerations
The course concludes with an explanation of damage analysis considerations as well as considerations for recycled parts. Joining methods, corrosion protection, and refinishing for advanced materials are also discussed.

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