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Practical Metallurgy

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Posted by Blaenau Gwent

Practical Metallurgy

This course provides the attendee with the practical abilities to carry out sample preparation and mechanical testing as well as the theoretical knowledge to interpret results.


Technical personnel, engineers, production managers, and quality control personnel whose roles will benefit from an understanding of practical metallurgy methodology and the relationship of test data to physical properties.
To provide the attendee with the practical abilities to carry out sample preparation and testing as well as the theoretical knowledge to interpret results.
The ability to prepare metallurgical samples, carry out mechanical testing, interpret test data, relate microstructure to mechanical properties, Produce a technical report to communicate findings.
Introduction to metallurgical testing
• Metals, alloys, crystals (grains)
• Phases, microstructure, phase diagrams, phase transformations
• The influence of mechanical work and temperature (heat treatment) on microstructure
• The relationship between microstructure and materials properties
• Detailed consideration of two alloy phase diagrams, Cu - Ni and Fe -C.
• Principles of metallurgical etching
• Principles of testing techniques
Practical’s – A number of dfferent alloys will be studied
• Sample polishing
• Metallographic etching and microscopy
• Tensile testing
› Includes the extrapolation of yield, UTS and Young’s modulus
• Hardness Testing
• Impact testing
• Surface assessment
› Microscopy
» Identifying grain structure and
» Grain size measurement
» Coating thickness measurement
» Fracture surface assessment
» Surface morphology
» Element analysis

26th September 2018
location - Swansea University Bay Campus

DURATION  -  3 Days
ASSESSMENT - Submit report of practical write up and conclusions

Phil Barnes,                                                    Phil Barnes,                                    
Swansea University,                                    Prifysgol Abertawe,
Baglan Bay Innovation Centre,    Canoflan Aroesedd Bae Baglan,
Central Avenue,                                       Rhodfa Ganolog,
Baglan Energy Park,                                    Park Ynni Baglan,
Port Talbot,                                                       Port Talbot,
SA12 7AX.                                                        SA12 7AX.
Tel: 01792 606770                                            


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