Materials selection is at the heart of the design and development process for engineering components.  This course offers delegates the opportunity to explore the many factors affecting the choice of materials for a broad range of applications and the large selection of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys that are available.  The knowledge gained from the course will enhance discussions between customers and suppliers and gives a better understanding of the properties of materials and how this influences their uses.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at personnel who work in engineering, production and design and who manufacture or supply engineering components. This includes buyers and salespersons. It will also be a useful introduction to the subject for new starters and graduate engineers.

How is the course structured?

The classroom course covers:

  1. Principles of materials selection
    Material properties
    Design and fabrication
  2. Processing and properties
    Heat treatment and alloying
    Mechanical properties – strength, toughness, hardness
    Corrosion resistance
    Product forms – castings and forgings
  3. Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
    Low alloy and stainless steels
    Commonly used grades and applications
  4. Material selection for specific applications
    Strength and toughness
    Weldability, repair and machinability
    Surface treatments, such as case hardening and nitriding
    Surface coatings, such as plating

By the end of the course what will I have learnt?

  • Understand the key factors affecting materials selection for engineering applications.
  • Appreciate the effects of processing on materials properties.
  • Understand the range of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys available.
  • Awareness of the broader issues affecting materials selection.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the classroom course is £550.  IOM3 members and subscribers to Module 2 of our Business Partner Programme are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee. These fees are exclusive of VAT at 20% where applicable.


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An Introduction to Materials Selection at Grantham on 10 October 2023