The Metal Powder and Hardmetals module will provide a comprehensive overview of the fabrication and use of metal powder and hardmetals. 

The module will cover both fundamental aspects as well as industrial practice given by experts from academia, research institute and industry.  The module will include state-of-the-art lectures on metal powder fabrication and properties for press&sinter, additive manufacturing and hot isostatic pressing.

There will then be a study visit to powder fabrication plant including lab and plant tours and presentations at site. The characterisation of powder will be shown through practical classes, where both basic (size, flow, rheology, BET, etc) as well as advanced methods (SEM, XPS, Auger, etc) will be addressed. Novel/emerging powder technologies will be addressed through separate lecture. As special effort horizontal aspects of generic character as product development, LCA, sustainability and finally innovation in materials technology will be addressed.

The organizing of the week is preliminary shown below. The finalising of the week will include the examination including two parts: the presentation of an assignment where each participant has addressed and developed their own powder product case during the week and will get feedback on this, while there will also a general question-based assessment of the learning acquired during the week.

For more information on Powder Manufacture, EPMA has a short introduction here. Further information regarding hard materials can be found here.

Date: 3 - 7 June 2019
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Academic Partner: Chalmers University of Technology, Swerea IVF
Industrial Partner: Höganäs AB, Sandvik Coromant

Registration Deadline: 3 May 2019


Monday 3 June
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Training Schedule

Chalmers and Swerea Lab tour at Chalmers



Introduction to powder metallurgy

Basic of metal and hardmetal powder


Metal powder fabrication

Principles, classes, technologies, characteristics


Hardmetal powder fabrication

Principles, technologies, characteristics




General powder characterisation

Principles, methods and their application/motivation


Advanced powder characterisation

Surface chemistry, powder microstructure and their application/motivation


Group Exercise

Case studies, powder selection and characterisation

Tuesday 4 June
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Practical Work Day

Advanced Characterisation (surface chemistry, structure) and Basic Characterisation (morphology, size rheology, etc)

Wednesday 5 June
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Practical Work Day

Tour to Höganäs AB, visit to powder fabrication plant, laboratory work, characterization in groups

Thursday 6 June
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Novel Powder Technologies

Emerging technologies and their application


Product Development 

Methods, concepts, product data management, Sofware


Health and legislation 

Work environment, legislation on European and national level



Agenda 2030 and its impact on societal and industrial change, raw materials sources, trends, sustainable development



Innovation, mechanisms, technological trends in society, business cases, application examples, powder.

Friday 7 June
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Innovation in powder technology

Participants presents potential case (pitch) 'From raw material to powder and its potential application'

  Exams and group dialogues  
  Debriefing of the week and closure  

The programme may be subject to change


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