The Powder and Hard Materials Module will look at the raw materials used in Powder Metallurgy such as Hardmetals, Cemented Carbides, and polycrystalline materials such as CBN, Ceramic and Diamond Tools.

There are many ways in which metals may be produced in powder form such as Solid State Reduction, Electrolysis or Atomization, Gas atomization, Mechanical Comminution and Chemical Processes.

The further processing and the final results achieved in the sintered part are influenced by the characteristics of the powder: particle size, size distribution, particle shape, structure and surface condition so it is important to understand the factors when using designing with Powder Metallurgy.

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

Date: June 11-15, 2018
Gothenburg, Sweden

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





11 June


Training Schedule Chalmers and Swerea Lab tour at Chalmers


Introduction to Powder Metallurgy

Basics 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

12 June

Practical work day

Advanced Characterisation (surface chemistry, Structure) and

Basic Characterisation (morphology, size rheology, etc)

13 June

Practical work day

Tour to Höganäs AB Visit to powder fabrication plant Laboratory work, characterization in groups

14 June

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

15 June

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



For more information on fees, what is included and the different registrations types, please go to our fees page.

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