Course Overview

The quest for new materials continues to evolve as we try to extend our imagination for bettering our lives. This course focuses on fundamental principles and manufacturing methods pertaining to how ceramic and metal powders can be processed into different shapes. Processing techniques such as injection molding, die pressing, extrusion, slip casting, tape-casting, green machining and isostatic pressing will be explored. The influence of particulate characteristics and organic additives on processing will be examined. The influence of temperature and pressure on final properties and defect avoidance will be illustrated. The overall goal is to develop a general understanding of powdered materials and manufacturing methods associated with them.


Course Learning Objectives

1.         Describe, in writing and oral presentations, processing techniques related to metal and ceramic powders.

2.         Predict the behavior of powdered materials such as rheology, debinding and sintering under various process parameters such as time, temperature and pressure

3.         Analyze structure-processing-property interactions governing ceramic and metal powder forming, for example the influence of particle size and shape on defect formation during molding, debinding and sintering.

4.         Critically evaluate published research in the area of powder processing

5.         Develop an understanding of opportunities in processing with nanoscale powders