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
Location:
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 Lecturer
09:00 Presentation of PM Life programme and Press&Sinter Training week Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)
09:10

Introduction to Powder Metallurgy

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)
09:30

Fundamentals of pressing

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)
10:30 Break  
11:00

Pressing and design of steel powder compacts

Mr Vincent Bonnefoy (Sintertech)
13:00 Lunch  
14:00

Lab work

Experimental and modeling work in SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP
17:30

End of course

Mr Luc Salvo (Grenoble INP)
19:00 Welcome party  
Tuesday 16 June
Time Session Details
08:30

Fundamentals of sintering

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

Mr Jean-Michel Missiaen (Grenoble INP)

10:30 Break  
11:00 Study of process variation sources in industrial sintering furnaces

Mr Philippe François (Rio Tinto Metal Powders)

12:00 Conveyor belt sintering furnaces

Mr Michael Kanaan (Cremer Thermoprozessanlagen)

13:00 Lunch  
14:00 Lab work

Experimental and modelling work in SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP

17:30 End of course

 

Wednesday 17 June
Time Session Details
08:30 Materials selection Luc Salvo (Grenoble INP)
09:30 Modelling of pressing Luc Federzoni (CEA Grenoble)
10:30 Break  
11:00 Mechanical properties of sintered steels Guillaume Champion (Högänas)
12:00 Modelling of sintering Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)

13:00

Lunch  
14:00

Press & Sinter processing of hard materials

Jean-François Lartigue (Umicore Specialty Powders, France)
15:00 A novel concept for successive sintering and LPC treatment Emmanuel Pauty (ECM Technology)
15:30 Break  
16:00 Team projects  
18:00 End of course  
Thursday 18 June
Time Session Details
08:30

Leaving to Epinouze

 
10:30 Visit of Hyperion plant and continuation of team projects  
18:00

Coming back from Epinouze

 
20:00 Dinner  
Friday 19 June
Time Session Details
08:30

Field assisted sintering

Jean-Marc Chaix (Grenoble INP)
09:30 A novel route for net shape processing of medium-voltage electrical contacts

Sophie Roure (Schneider Electric)

10:30  Break  
11:00 Entrepreneurship and Innovation Sylvain Colomb (CEA Grenoble)
12:00

Exam and debrief

 
13:00

Lunch and closing

 

The programme may be subject to change

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