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Materials for Engineers

Course Overview

Materials Engineering is changing rapidly as established materials are being replaced by new materials and processes to reduce both weight and cost. The effect of these changes on design issues, such as fatigue resistance, is a concern as it is not easy to verify performance claims without background materials knowledge.

This training course will both introduce materials engineering to new design engineers as well as offer a refresher course for senior engineers interested in improving established materials and using new ones.

Course Objectives

  • How and why to select one material in preference to another
  • Achieve final design faster and with greater confidence
  • Information on sources, stimulation of thought, destruction of preconceptions

Course Concepts

  • Materials fundamentals: the influence of chemistry, microstructure, manufacture, processing and surface on performance, especially fatigue
  • Considerations for materials selection
  • Materials for demanding environments
  • Non-metals, especially polymer-based systems
  • Derivation of parameters for fatigue evaluation
  • Failure Analysis: how to learn from negative outcomes

Course Agenda

Duration: 2 Days

Day 1

  • Metals
    • Background
    • Periodic Table
    • Bonding and Microstructure
  • Turning Metals into Engineering Materials
    • Shaping Processes
    • Casting
    • Forging and Rolling
    • Powder Metallurgy
  • Most Used Alloy Systems: Iron and Steel, Light Alloys, Others – such as copper-based
  • Polymers
    • Background
    • Bonding and Microstructure
    • Thermoset versus Thermoplastic
    • Biopolymers

Day 2

  • Turning Polymers into Engineering Materials
    • “Engineering Polymers”
    • Composites
    • Shaping processes
    • Overview of some typical systems
  • Other Materials: Glass & Ceramics
  • Mechanical Testing
    • Fatigue & Static
    • Model Specific: Chaboche and others
  • Changing the Fatigue Response of Materials
  • Failure Analysis & Diagnostic Tools
    • Metallography; optical & SEM
    • Hardness testing
    • Profilometry
    • Residual stress measurement
    • Chemical analysis

Each day will include time for a Q&A session allowing attendees the opportunity to ask specific questions.

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Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at engineers involved in design, procurement (specification) and future product development

It is assumed that attendees are familiar with basic (pre-University) Physics and Chemistry concepts.