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How Carbon and Heat Treatment Affect Metallography and Mechanical Properties of Steel - Part 2


£700 plus 20% VAT

Group discounts may be available - enquire when registering for the course


1 day - approx. 5 hrs

Date & Time

Course Venue

Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills,
(Springfield Hub),
University of Wolverhampton,
Springfield Campus
Wolverhampton WV10 0JR - (Car Park access off Grimstone Street)

Possible Funding

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

About the Course

Following on from the previous Part 1 lesson, this Part 2 course will focus on the sample material to examine the micro-sections to gain an understanding on the expectations of the actual segmentations..

  • Effects of Carbon Content on Steel 1: Thermal Equilibrium Diagrams Normalising and Annealing

  • Effects of Carbon Content on Steel 2: Rapid Cooling and Tempering

By using the microscope you will:

  • review how longitudinal and transverse micro-sections changes in the morphology of the grain shape, size and micro-structures

  • evaluate the effects of de-carbonisation at the surface

  • study unetched and etched micro-sections which will assist in identifying non-metallic inclusions and other importance micro-structure features, which are lost in etching

  • review the changes in the carbon content effecting structure and properties before, during and after in the heat treatment process

  • study the micro-structural features of the material under magnification relating to the changes of mechanical properties and hardness

  • examine how the effect of heating and cooling changes the micro-structure between the surface and the centre of the metal due to mass effect and ruling section

  • identify with and what is micro-segregation effects on the micro-structure on the mechanical and hardness properties

Again, there will be opportunities for Q&A sessions and debates.


You will investigate the changes in the microstructure of the increased carbon content, along with interpretation of the changes on heat treatment and the importance of micro segregation of carbon and non-metallic inclusions.

We will also examine the use of thermal equilibrium diagrams (TED) and understand its role.

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?

Casting Technician, Mechanical Testing Technician, Manufacturing Engineers, Production Engineers, Heat Treatment Technicians, Steel Fabrication Technicians, Design Engineers, stockholders, forging, rolling, heat treatment engineers, metallurgists, metallurgical, mechanical engineers.

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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