Seminar Series

A Metallurgical and Historical Analysis of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (+ VIDEO)


Prof. Timothy P. Weihs


Johns Hopkins University, USA

Time & Place

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:00:00 NZST in E14, Level 2, Engineering CORE

All are welcome


On April 14, 1912 at approximately 11:40pm the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic.  Less than 3 hours later the ship was resting on the ocean bottom, 12,500 feet below the water’s surface.  Of the 2300 passengers and crew members, only 713 survived.  This seminar will begin by reviewing the design and the construction of the Titanic, as well as some novel safety features and lesser known historical facts.  The second half of the talk will focus on a metallurgical analysis of the steel that was used to form the ship’s hull and the wrought iron rivets that were used to join the steel plates together. These materials were recovered from the wreck site in 1998 and were analyzed as part of a PhD Thesis. The experimental results will point towards the wrought iron rivets as being the likely weak link during the collision with the iceberg, on that tragic night in 1912.

Mech-eng Departmental Seminar_Timothy P. Weihs

All are welcome!

If you missed out this seminar, you can watch the full video here.