Metallurgy for Non-Metallurgists

Alloy Types, Properties and Applications.

09 – 13 September 2024
Sandton Centre, Johannesburg South Africa

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R 17,999.00 per delegate

Public R14, 999.00

Online R10, 999.00


This Metallurgy for Non-Metallurgists training course will provide an integrated practical overview of metals and alloys and relating it to the mechanical and physical characteristics of metals; starting from materials testing and physical / mechanical properties, through corrosion properties and strength/deformation principals, and to ferrous and non-ferrous alloys and heat treatment.

  • The training course will then include ferrous alloys (plain and alloy steels, Stainless steels and cast irons) and non-ferrous alloys (for corrosion and high temperature applications, such as nickel, cobalt and titanium-based alloys).
  • The nature of hot and cold working of metals and heat treatment, including annealing, normalising, tempering and case hardening will be explained.
  • The fundamentals of corrosion and corrosion prevention will also be presented in practical terms with examples to illustrate the key points.
  • The behavior of metals under various loading conditions (static, dynamic, fracture) will be presented and related to design methodology and procedures; rules of thumb, standards, and best industry practices.
  • Each of the major topics will be presented as individual units, and in the context of the overall usage of metal components and structures and failure mechanisms, and mechanical integrity.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training course, participants will have gained an understanding of the important principals of engineering involving properties and characteristics of metals and alloys, including fabrication and heat treatment of commercial steels and non-ferrous alloys.

Participants will acquire sufficient knowledge and skills to independently evaluate possible metallurgical and design solutions, to recognise crucial metallurgical phenomena and intelligently discuss their metal problems with design engineers, metallurgists and fabricators.

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for those who use or supervise activities requiring the use of metal parts or structures. Those with little or no prior formal background who function as:

  • Supervisors
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Inspectors
  • Designers
  • Researchers
  • Investors

Course Outline:

Session 1

Testing and Mechanical Properties of Metals

  • Tensile Tests
  • Impact Tests
  • Hardness Tests
  • Compression of Mechanical Properties

The Crystalline Structure of Metals

  • Bonding in Metals
  • Solidification Crystal Growth and Structures of Metals
  • Defects in Metals during Solidification

Session 2

Specimen Preparation and Microscopic Examination

  • The Preparation (Mounting Grinding, Polishing and Etching) of Metal Specimens
  • Metallurgical and Electron Microscopes

Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms in Metals

  • Edge Dislocation (line imperfections) in Crystals
  • Strengthening of Metals by Grain Size Reduction, Solid Solution and Strain Hardening
  • Softening of Metals by Annealing
  • Comparison of Cold and Hot working of Metals

Session 3

Binary Equilibrium Diagrams

  • Solubility and Cooling Curves
  • Thermal Equilibrium Diagrams (Eutectic Type, Solid Solution Type and Combination Type)

Ferrous Alloys

Definitions and Classifications and some uses of Ferrous Alloys including:

  • Carbon Steels
  • Alloy Steels
  • Stainless Steels
  • Cast Irons

Fabrication of Metals

A selection of metal fabrication methods, including:

  • Forming
  • Casting
  • Welding

Session 4

Heat Treatment of Plain Carbon Steel

  • Hardening of Carbon Steel (by quenching)
  • Annealing
  • Normalising
  • Tempering
  • Austempering
  • Surface Treatments
  • Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) in Welding

Non-Ferrous Alloys

  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Titanium Alloys

Session 5

Corrosion in Metals

  • The Electrochemical Cell
  • Types of Electrochemical Corrosion
  • Pitting
  • Crevice
  • Stress Corrosion
  • Hydrogen Induced, etc.

Protection Against Electrochemical Corrosion and Inspection

  • Coatings
  • Internal
  • External
  • Polymers
  • Galvanizing, etc.
  • Inhibitors, Types and Usage
  • Cathodic Protection, Impressed Current, Sacrificial
  • Inspection
  • Standards

End of the workshop



While both In-House and Online training can present with cost-effectiveness and time-efficacy, there are some very specific differences between in-house courses and those based online.
The demand for additional courses by individuals or groups of people is increasing. Still, it depends entirely on the preferences of a person what type of training he or she wants to receive. Online courses and in-house training carry some similarities but they are considered to exhibit some very pivotal differences too. Despite that, both types of learning can be really beneficial for attendees.

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