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An Introduction to Metallography - 3 Day Virtual Lecture


£650 plus 20% VAT (if applicable)


Total of 9 hrs over 3 days

Date & Time

Course Venue

Virtual via Zoom - 3hrs per day over 3 days

Possible Funding

Please check out the link below for possible funding for courses from the Foundry Training Trust

About the Course

This lecture will be delivered 'live' on line over a 3 consecutive day period - 3 hours per day as a series of lectures.

You will have an understanding of:

  • The origins of metallography, types of microscopes and magnification ranges, microscope anatomy.

  • The importance of identification of macro and microstructures and how these are changed by use and selection of different process routes.

  • The importance of identification of the terms 'transverse, longitudinal and taper macro' in the identification of crystals and grains.

  • Practical metallography including macro and micro-specimen selection and preparation methods.

  • Principles and applications of common quantitative microscopy.

  • Grain Size - Comparison Method, Planimetric Method, Intercept Method, McQuaid Ehn Method.

  • Identification and rating of inclusions in micro sections and how these are identified.

  • Graphite classification in cast iron.

  • Example microstructures - Steel, Cast Iron, Aluminium Alloy, Titanium Alloy.


You will be introduced and able to identify:

- the the visual, macro and micro techniques in unetched and etched conditions by reviewing examples we will show.

- the grain flow, surface structure.

- the preparation techniques of longitudinal and transverse from the samples shown and the effects of non-metallic inclusions and grain flow, shape and pronation.

- the linking to specifications and standards which contain the procedures for performing some common quantitative metallographic techniques.

You will also review a range of case studies using theory and practical applications covering a wide range of industrial sectors.

Richard SA Brown BEd, CertEd, MIMMM, Fellow ICME


Richard SA Brown BEd, CertEd, MIMMM, Fellow ICME

Richard is an innovative, experienced and versatile Metallurgist with experience and practical knowledge within the industrial sector. He has transferred his Metallurgist workplace knowledge, application and experience skillset to become an Educationalist.

His passion is in metallurgical failure investigation and metallurgical examinations, supporting and providing outcomes for internal and external customers.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about metallography - the process and procedure, the first steps and benefits and how it fits into Specifications and Standards.

Cancellation Terms

7 working days before the event - 25% refund
4 working days before and on the day of the event - no refund


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