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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

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METal - 	Introduction to Materials Testing in a Manufacturing Environment

METal - Introduction to Materials Testing in a Manufacturing Environment


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This course provides an understanding of the interrelationship between material properties at the atomic, microscopic and macroscopic scale which underpin the mechanical properties of metals and their alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites, and reviews the wide range of test methodologies that have been developed to accurately measure the properties of each group of materials.

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at people who wish to gain an understanding of the key role that testing plays in ensuring that the materials selected are ‘fit for purpose’ in a range of applications. Typical candidates include both technical personnel and engineers.

Course Aims

To provide a core understanding of materials engineering and materials properties. The delegate will come away with an understanding of materials structure and properties and relate basic scientific principles to engineering applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts across a broad number of material families and mechanical properties
  • An understanding of materials structure and properties
  • An ability to relate basic materials principles to engineering applications

Course Programme

  • Materials selection
  • Mechanical behaviour of materials
  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Crystal structure of solids
  • Solidification
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Diffusion
  • Microstructure of metals and alloys


2 hour written exam.


Day 1: Wednesday 22nd November
Day 2: Thursday 23rd November
Day 3: Friday 24th November 
3 days plus assessment.
Date of assessment to be confirmed with attendee.


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To find out more about how much it costs to attend this course and to see if you are eligible for part funding please visit our prices page