The course will provide a detailed consideration of the fundamentals and underpinning science of the processing and mechanical properties of engineering ceramics and ceramic coatings. Topics such as wear, thermo-mechanical behaviour and design will be addressed. Where appropriate, examples of actual materials and components will be used to illustrate these generic principles and new developments will be identified. The lecture content will be reinforced and enhanced through tutorial/exercise class sessions.
The aim of this five-day course is to introduce the principles of the most popular materials characterisation methods based on microscopy, chemical, physical and structural analysis and thermal techniques. Consideration will also be given to the analysis of particulate materials and coatings. The basic principles used for the physical characterisation of materials will be outlined; microscopy by light, electrons and scanned probes will be introduced; and the readily available bulk characterisation methods such as diffraction, X-ray analysis and vibrational spectroscopies will be described.
This is a five day postgraduate course on the causes of corrosion and the practice of corrosion control. The emphasis will be to cover the basic theory of electrochemistry and oxidation as this is essential in the understanding of metallic corrosion. The thermodynamic and kinetic aspects will be discussed together with metallurgical considerations. Using this foundation the methods which can be used to reduce, control or even prevent corrosion will be described by internal and external lecturers.
This one week intensive course is suitable for Science/Engineering graduates, or those new to the subject area of composites and wishing to extend their knowledge. Topics covered include: mechanics of reinforcement, laminate theory, fracture processes, matrices, manufacturing processes, fibre composites and introduction to design. Delegates benefit from lectures, class exercises and laboratory sessions. Full course notes are supplied.
This one week intensive course is suitable for delegates with industrial experience of materials and/or degree qualified engineers and chemists. Topics covered include: functional and structural properties of materials, characterisation techniques, surface engineering, joining, corrosion and materials selection. Delegates benefit from informative lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations. Full course notes are supplied.
The course aims to provide a general introduction to the field of Physical Metallurgy. The course covers equilibrium phase diagrams, transformation diagrams, diffusion, liquid to solid transformations, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, cold work, recovery and recrystallisation.
This is an intensive course covering the basic concepts of fracture mechanics and fatigue, with emphasis on practical applications for metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. The course is suitable for those with no previous formal introduction to the science of fracture and no prior knowledge or experience is assumed. All topics will be introduced from first principles and the emphasis will be on developing an understanding of concepts of fracture mechanics rather than presenting a "state-of-the-art" review. Lectures will be given by experts in the field with experience of teaching this material to practising engineers and materials scientists on post-experience courses.
This course will present a review of the state of the art of materials structured at the nanoscale. Nanoscale structure in metals, polymers and ceramics can have a marked influence on structure-property relationships with the possibility of providing behaviour not seen in coarser scale structures. In addition certain new classes of materials may also be produced at this size level, for example, carbon nanotubes, graphene and a variety of colloidal structures. The processing and applications of nanomaterials will also be examined along with the requirements and techniques for characterising a range of nanomaterials in isolation and as part of complex systems.
This intensive short course will be given over a period of five days and is designed to provide an analysis of the science and engineering of polymers, and an up-to-date appreciation of the development and application of polymers in engineering and other fields. The emphasis will be on the newer and more advanced materials. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the underlying science of polymeric materials and will provide a useful introduction to those new to the field (or a refresher for those who have been in it for some time). This will lead in to a detailed discussion of mechanical and physical properties, processing of polymers, characterisation techniques, and development of different types of polymers including both common and advanced polymers.
This is a one week postgraduate level course. The aim is to provide an intensive introduction to the basic principles, technology and applications of adhesive bonding. The course will be staffed by lecturers with considerable experience in structural adhesive bonding, drawn from both industry and academia. Each day will comprise lectures, laboratory demonstrations and classes with the course tutors. Attendees with specific problems will have ample opportunity to consult the lecturers.