The University of Sheffield
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Fundamentals of Metallurgy – The Science and Practice

Monday 14th to Friday 18th July 2014

Course Leader - Dr Plato Kapranos

Course Content

  • A practical introduction to metals
  • Phase equilibria
  • Jominy End Quench Practical
  • Casting
  • Casting Practical
  • Metallurgical thermodynamics
  • Basics of Solidification & Solidification Tutorial
  • Introduction to Crystallography
  • Dislocation theory
  • Microstructure properties relationships
  • Strengthening mechanisms & Tutorial
  • Heat treatment
  • Metallographic preparation
  • Introduction to Microscopy
  • Microstructures practical and Quiz
  • Mechanical Properties I
  • Rolling Mill Demonstration
  • Hardness testing of Jominy End Quench specimens
  • Tensile testing practical
  • Mechanical properties II
  • Materials selection through Case studies - Group Workshop
  • Shaping
  • TWI visit: Lectures on ‘The Metallurgy of Welding’ ‘Friction Stir Welding’ & Demos
  • Quality & N.D.T.
  • Microstructures practical II and Quiz
  • Introduction to Corrosion
  • Materials for high temperature applications
  • Surface Engineering
  • Performance in Service – Group Workshop

The above course was successfully launched in January 2008 and has been repeated in January 2009 and 2010.

2008 Cohort


2009 Cohort


2010 Cohort


What delegates said about the course:

`Very interesting, a lot of information with a good balance between theory and practice. Would recommend.´
A. Walker – Somers Forge

Assessment of Practicals & Company Visit


`All lecturers very good; very good course overall´
S. Morgan – National Nuclear Laboratory

Fundamentals Course Review


`An excellent course, I am amazed how much material we covered in just 5 days. Not an easy course but very worthwhile and nonetheless very enjoyable for me. Many thanks to all involved!´
S. Daniels - Tronic Ltd

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The Fundamentals of Metallurgy – The Science and Practice -Online Payment

The next course will run from Monday 14th to Friday 18th July 2014.
For a detailed breakdown of topics covered or for any further information and an application form (doc-40kb) please contact:-

Dr Plato Kapranos
Short Courses Office
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Sheffield
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield, S1 3JD

Tel: +44 114 222 5509/5998
Fax: +44 114 222 5943

email : p.kapranos@sheffield.ac.uk