Materials Technology Courses

Materials Technology Courses

Do you have difficulties in selecting materials for your components? Or do you simply want to improve your material knowledge?
Then, the courses at Volvo Materials Technology are something for you.

There are tons of different materials, surface treatments, and joining methods to choose from. As a design engineer, it can be difficult to know which choices that are best suited for the intended component. This is why Volvo Materials Technology has developed a variety of courses especially adjusted to help design engineers, but also purchasers and test engineers in contact with materials. The courses are held each year.

The experts of the department work with material related issues every day. All have many years of experience within applied materials technology for Volvo applications. They therefore know which problems to look out for, and have adjusted the course contents in such manner. Thus, these events are excellent opportunities to learn how to avoid easily made mistakes and at the same time become a material expert of yourself.

Courses in Materials Technology are held regularly. We can also provide courses at any time of year upon request.

Our courses

Our courses in Gothenburg

Basic Materials Technology and Failure Analysis (Eng)
Provides a fundamental understanding of terminology and mechanisms within the field of metallic materials. Naturally, its scope is the material used within the vehicle industry. Among other things, it treats failure analysis in detail, hardening mechanisms and material selection. Moreover, a practical demonstration will show how materials are analyzed through microscopy, metallography and tensile testing.

Corrosion - Focus on corrosion protection of exterior parts and inside cab parts (Eng)
The appearance of the vehicles is very important for the costumer and his brand image. Most of our components are subject to corrosion. In this course various types of corrosion in commercial vehicles are taught. Specifications, STD, corrosion testing in the lab, test track, and on field trucks are discussed, giving a base for various protection schemes in different environments. Examples of good and bad designs brought by the participants are discussed; it is recommended!

Cast Materials (Eng)
This course is best suited for people working with cast components such as cylinder blocks and heads, chassis brackets and castings. The course discusses casting processes, castings design, mechanical properties, and microstructure. It also focuses on different cast materials such as grey iron, Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI), nodular iron, aluminium and magnesium.

Screw Joints – Basic (Eng/Swe)
There are over 2000 screw joints in a truck. This course gives an introduction to screw joint technology. Basic features such as strength classes and static strength is covered. Influence of friction and settlements on clamping forces are shown. The importance of joint stiffness considerations for fatigue strength is discussed together with different assembly methods. Some practical examples are presented together with rules of thumb for screw joint design.

Screw Joints – Calculations (Eng/Swe)
This course is best suited for designers who want to learn more about calculations and measurements of screw joints. It includes basic calculation methods for static and dynamic strength, clamping forces and some statistics.

Steel, Heat Treatment and Forging (Eng)
This course discusses steel manufacturing, heat treatments, forging methods, blasting & shot peening and pressure rolling. Correctly executed heat- and surface treatments will increase component performance considerable whereas incorrect treatments can be disastrous for a component.

Surface Technology (Eng)
Tribological questions do not always have easy answers. For instance, switching to a harder material might sometimes increase the damage of wear rather than reducing the damage. This course is developed to give a basic understanding of surfaces and their properties during friction and wear. How can, for instance, wear and friction problems be prevented? The course will discuss different types of wear and how various surface coatings can reduce such problems. Furthermore, a presentation of the process for a number of common surface treatments is also included in the course.

High-Temperature Corrosion (Eng)
Several important components/systems (e.g. turbo, injection system, exhaust after-treatment system, exhaust manifold) in our products are exposed to high temperatures, which in combination with a harsh environment (e.g. urea) may lead to extensive high-temperature corrosion that in turn leads to failure. The aim of this course is to give a general understanding of high-temperature corrosion in order to make it easier for designers to minimize the risks for high-temperature corrosion when designing components/systems for high operating temperatures.

Sintered Materials (Eng)
Sintered steels are produced to net shape without machining, and the number of sintered products in the vehicle industry is constantly increasing. The course discusses manufacturing processes, properties and design issues regarding sintered steel.

Corrosion – Focus on engine components (Eng)
The aim of this course is to give a general understanding of corrosion and corrosion protection:
• Why do metals corrode?
• Corrosion mechanism
• Different types of corrosion
• Corrosion protection
The course has a focus on engine components, including air inlet and exhaust parts.

Welding and Brazing Methods (Eng)
The course discusses welding and brazing of the most common components and base materials. Areas of focus are different weld and braze methods, how welding affects the properties of the base materials, defects in welds and Volvo standards for welding.

Residual Stresses (Eng)
The importance of residual stresses and their affect on the fatigue life of industrial components makes it very important to be measured both on the surface of the material and beneath the surface to a certain depth of measurements. Different manufacturing processes and heat treatments give different levels of residual stresses in the components, which make it very interesting to be known and examined even for further researches. There are many different ways for measuring residual stresses and the X-Ray diffractions method considered to be the most efficient industrial method nowadays.

Practical Information and Registration Gothenburg

Janice Segerfelt
Phone: +46 31 323 41 26

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Course Content Information Gothenburg

Ingemar Bertilsson
Phone: +46 31 322 13 96

Our courses in Lyon


Practical Information and Registration Lyon

Christophe Nivert
Phone: +33 472 965992
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Materials Technology Course Information 2016

Materials Technology Course Information 2016(PDF, 1 MB)

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Metallic materials

Metallic materials

The department offers competence and development resources in metallic materials science for product and process development, along with commissions of service nature. Our main tasks are failure analyses, new materials development, mechanical testing, materials selection and characterization, production process advice and standard interpretation.

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Non-Metallic materials

Non-Metallic materials

From design to use, Volvo Materials Technology provides studies and recommendations for your non-metallic products, with the unique combination of world class technical know-how and knowledge of the Volvo Group's industrial processes.

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