The European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) held its eighteenth Powder Metallurgy Summer School in Vienna, Austria, July 2-6, 2018, at TU Wien. The five-day programme was hosted and coordinated by Dr Christian Gierl-Mayer, TU Wien, Austria, and Dr Marco Actis-Grande, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
The programme was delivered by a range of specialists from both industry and academia, whose expertise reflect many key topics currently being employed in today’s Powder Metallurgy industry. The course began with an introduction to materials science followed by an introduction to Power Metallurgy. Presentations were then given on metal powder manufacturing, shaping technologies, sintering, and post sintering operations.
The properties of PM parts were discussed, along with an overview of Metal Injection Moulding and Additive Manufacturing processes. Modelling and a presentation reviewing phase diagrams were followed by a full day of practical work, where Dr Bob Moon and Dr Brian James discussed a number of case studies, organised group problem solving sessions, and conducted hands-on lab work. The last two days included presentations on furnace technologies, hardmetals, light metals and magnets, as well as a detailed look at low alloy steels, special steels and high temperature materials. There was also a tour to Lithoz.
The EPMA Summer Schools are particularly designed for young graduate designers, engineers and scientists drawn from a wide range of disciplines such as materials science, design, engineering, manufacturing or metallurgy. The course is open to graduates, preferably under the age of 35, who have received their degrees from a European university. The EPMA reported that a total of 60 delegates attended this year’s Summer School.