This on-demand course teaches the basic microscopic structures present inside of metals, how these structures and metal composition influence metal strength, and how these structures can be modified using common manufacturing processes to obtain specific mechanical properties. Several examples are presented to demonstrate how common alloying and manufacturing methods are used to modify the microscopic structures and properties of metals. This course takes 4 hours to complete. 0.4 CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to do the following:
- Explain the relationship between a metal’s properties and its composition, microscopic structure, and the manufacturing processes used to fabricate the metal.
- Describe three types of microscopic structures present in metals.
- Explain how cold working, alloying, and heat treating are used to strengthen a metal.
- Explain the microstructure and property changes that occur in cold worked metals during annealing, in steels during through hardening, and during precipitation strengthening heat treatments.
- Relate the heat treatment time and temperature to the microscopic structures and properties of through hardened steels, cold-worked metals, and precipitation strengthened alloys.
The course consists of 12 modules and a final exam and will take 4 hours to complete. Modules are 5 to 25 minutes long and cover the following subjects:
- Microscopic structures
- Crystal defects
- Cold Working
- Solid Solution strengthening
- Precipitation Strengthening Heat Treatment
- Steel and Steel Heat Treating
This course is targeted towards design, manufacturing, and quality engineers, and sales people and purchasing agents with technical backgrounds.
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