The Press and Sinter module will go into both fundamental and practical facets of the conventional powder processing route comprising pressing and sintering operations, as well as properties of sintered materials.

In the two first days, classes will alternate with lab work, starting with pressing on Monday and continuing with sintering on Tuesday. In both cases, the one-hour courses including basic and technological issues will be given by academic and industrial experts. During the lab work the participants will use the facilities of SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP. They will handle die pressing and free sintering devices, analyse powder compressibility and sintering shrinkage curves so as to identify densification mechanisms and observe the microstructure of sintered materials by electron microscopy.

In the third day, additional courses will involve process modelling and properties of sintered materials (mainly steels and cemented carbides). A more general lecture on material selection methods will also presented. Next, participant 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 fourth day will be spent in a site of Hyperion company, in the Grenoble area. The participants will first visit the plant where cemented carbide components are fabricated by powder pressing and sintering. Next they will continue the team projects started the day before, with the help of Hyperion staff.

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. 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.

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)

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

Introduction to Powder Metallurgy

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)

Fundamentals of pressing

Mr Didier Bouvard (Grenoble INP)
10:30 Break  

Pressing and design of steel powder compacts

Mr Vincent Bonnefoy
13:00 Lunch  

Lab work

Experimental and modeling work in SIMAP laboratory of Grenoble INP

End of course

Mr Luc Salvo (Grenoble INP)
19:00 Welcome party  
Time Session Details

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


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)



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  
Time Session Details

Leaving to Epinouze

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

Coming back from Epinouze

20:00 Dinner  
Time Session Details

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)

Exam and debrief


Lunch and closing


The programme may be subject to change

PM Life Press and Sinter module lab tour

PM Life Press and Sinter module lab tour

PM Life Press and Sinter module participants

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