The Press and Sinter module will go into both fundamental and practical facets of the conventional powder processing route comprising pressing and sintering operations.

The two first days, one-hour lectures with be given by academic and industrial experts, starting with pressing and continuing with sintering. In both cases, the courses will include fundamental, technological and modellings issues. A more general lecture on material selection methods will end up the first day. Several lectures of the second day will focus on sintered steels, as a major application of press and sinter process.

The third day will be fully devoted to lab work by using the facilities of SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP. The students will handle die pressing and free sintering devices, analyze powder compressibilty and sintering shrinkage curves so as to identify densification mechanisms and observe the microstructure of sintered materials by electron microscopy. They will also be initiated to the numerical simulation of processes by the finite element and discrete element methods.

In the morning of the fourth day, student teams will be formed and each team will be asked to design a PM material and process allowing for the fabrication of a specific component. The work will be by supervised by SIMAP staff. During the afternoon the students will visit a plant of Sintertech company, in the Grenoble area, where steel parts are fabricated, mainly for the automotive industry.

Finally, in the morning of the fifth day, two lectures will deal with specific applications of press and sinter processing and one on the common matter of entrepreneurship and innovation. Afterwards, each team will present the outcome of its project. Finally, a short exam will control the knowledge and expertise gained by the students during the full week.

For more information on Press and Sinter, EPMA has a short introduction here.

Date: 15 - 19 June 2020
Grenoble, France

Fees*: Regular €2000 / Academic €1000 / Individual (unemployed) €400

Academic Partner: Grenoble, INP
Industrial Partner:
Sintertech, CEA

(* Fees include 5 nights accommodation/lunches/refreshements/training material. For additional internship week and/or additional PM life modules on other topics, please refer to the fees page)

Registration Deadline: 5 June 2020

Programme :

Monday 15 June
Time Session Details

Introduction to powder metallurgy and press and sinter

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)

Fundamentals of pressing

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)
 11:00 Break  

Modelling of pressing

Mr Luc Federzoni (CEA Grenoble)
 12:30 Lunch  

Practical pressing of steels

Mr Vincent Bonnefoy (Sintertech)

Numerical design of parts and tools for pressing

Mr Vincent Bonnefoy (Sintertech)
 15:30 Break  

Pressing machines

Mr Guillermo Polo (Osterwalder)

Materials selection

Mr Luc Salvo (Grenoble INP)
Tuesday 16 June
Time Session Details

Fondamentals of sintering

Mr Jean-Michel Missiaen (Grenoble INP)
 09:30 Liquid phase sintering

Mr Jean-Michel Missiaen (Grenoble INP)

 10:30 Break  
 11:00 Field-assisted sintering

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)

 12:00 Sintering and post-sintering treatment of steels

Mr Philippe François (Rio Tinto)

 13:00 Lunch  
 14:00 Furnaces for sintering and thermal treatment

Mr Emmanuel Pauty (ECM)

 15:00 Modelling of sintering

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)

 16:00 Break  
 16:30 Mechanical properties of sintered steels

Mr Guillaume Champion (Högänas)

Wednesday 17 June
Time Session Details
 08:30 Lab Work Experimental and modelling work in SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP
 12:30 Lunch  

Lab Work

Experimental and modelling work in SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP
Thursday 18 June
Time Session Details

Team projects on PM material and process design

 12:30 Lunch  

Visit to Sintertech plant

Friday 19 June
Time Session Details

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

TBA (Grenoble CEA)
 09:30 Press and sinter processing of hard materials

Jean-François Lartigue (Eurotungstene)

 10:00  Break  

A novel route for net shape processing of medium-voltage electrical contacts

Sophie Roure (Schneider Electric)

Report of team projects




Lunch and Closing


The programme may be subject to change

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