Practical Metallurgy

This course provides the attendee with the practical abilities to carry out sample preparation, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, chemical analysis (EDS), failure analysis and mechanical testing; along with gaining the theoretical knowledge to interpret results and understand physical metallurgy.

Online & Practical

Free for Welsh businesses or employees living in Wales
£600pp for businesses or employees outside Wales

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Free for Welsh businesses or employees living in Wales
£600pp for businesses outside of Wales

Register Now

Who should attend?

The course will benefit individuals whose roles will require an understanding of metallurgy, mechanical testing/analysis, and the relationship of test data to physical properties. Also, those who work in a manufacturing, repair, laboratory, supplies or design environment dealing with metals.
Attendees do not need to have any formal qualifications but will require some technical knowledge.

Course Benefits
  • Gain practical ability to carry out sample preparation and testing.
  • Getting a better grasp of the terminology used in this area.
  • Develop in house understanding and processes of sample preparation.
  • Form a stronger link with Swansea University and have access to equipment and expertise.
  • Use theoretical knowledge to interpret results.
  • Obtain experience in technical report writing.
  • Potential to improve the efficient use of time and materials.
  • Potential to improve productivity and quality standards.
Course programme
  • arrow_drop_down_circleAtomic structure and bonding
    • Ionic
    • Covalent
    • Metallic
  • arrow_drop_down_circleCrystal structure
    • Face centre cubic
    • Body centre cubic
    • Hexagonal close packed
  • do_not_disturb_onMicrostructure and grain boundaries
  • do_not_disturb_onSolidification, casting and welding microstructures
  • do_not_disturb_onAlloy theory
  • do_not_disturb_onStrengthening mechanisms
  • do_not_disturb_onPhase diagrams of copper, aluminium, steel and titanium
  • arrow_drop_down_circleMechanical properties
    • Tensile
    • Hardness
  • arrow_drop_down_circleHeat treatment
    • Homogenization
    • Annealing
    • Quench and tempering of martensite
  • arrow_drop_down_circleThermomechanical processing
    • Cold rolling
    • Hot rolling
    • Annealing
    • Cooling properties
  • do_not_disturb_onMaterial selection – Design with materials in mind
  • do_not_disturb_onCase studies
  • do_not_disturb_onOptical microscopy
  • do_not_disturb_onScanning electron microscopy
  • do_not_disturb_onMean linear intercept for grain size analysis

comment If you would like to discuss specific content, then we can arrange an informal discussion with the course tutor.

There is approx. 21-30 hours of course content to complete online before attending a 1 day practical session at Swansea University Bay Campus.
Multiple choice and written assessments
Submission of report of practical write up and conclusions
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