The course consists of three modules which should be taken in sequence in order to complete the full course.
Module 1 – Mechanical Properties and Mechanical Testing
This module will recap on what is meant by strength and toughness and look at the standard test methods and equipment by which they are determined. The methods by which hardness, creep and fatigue are measured are also discussed. The module will also cover how strength, toughness and creep are influenced by grain size.
Module 2 – Microexamination and Microstructures
This module will recap on how microstructures in steel are formed, which was covered on the atomic scale in the first course Building Blocks for Metallurgical Success, and look at the key microstructural features by which the metallographer can distinguish between differing microstructures and how in practice microstructures are assessed using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.
Module 3 – Heat Treatment
This module will consider how the properties and microstructure discussed in modules 1 & 2 are achieved in practice. The module will discuss the heating and cooling parameters that are used to achieve a desired property outcome.