Quantitative Analysis of Grain Size Course 2018
Scientific Organiser: Steve Metcalfe
This course is aimed at materials scientists regularly measuring grain size either for process quality control or those researching the grain size development of metals and ceramics. There will be focus on sample preparation, microscopy, manual and automatic grain size measurement. It is intended that delegates leave with a much improved understanding of the correct techniques involved in obtaining reliable Grain Size determination. It will appeal to metallurgists in industry and manufacturing companies across a wide range of skill levels.
Take a look below at the programme and registration fees.
The aim of this course is to guide engineers on to how to use the correct method to determine grain size and properly interpret the results. This course will give you the understanding and confidence to make the correct decision on grain size, taking into consideration limitations and methods involved.
The day will be split into 5 sessions:
Session 1 will consider the sectioning of materials and surface preparation. Why Grain Size determination is important in materials. Standards and their application to specific materials. Importance of correct metallurgical sample preparation, etching techniques for a range of materials.
Session 2 is a practical session and will allow hands-on measurement of example microstructures using a range of techniques including the statistical analysis of data gained. Methods will include measurement by hand using linear intercept, planametric, ASTM Standards and comparison methods.
Session 3 will consider automated measurements including the analysis of more complex microstructures and how they relate to manual methods. Digital image analysis, single phase, multiphase and magnification effects.
Session 4 will look at the optical microscopy requirements. Namely correct Koehler setup, mounting the sample, inverted compared to upright microscope, connecting cameras, c-mounts and magnification.
Session 5 is a practical session allowing participants to see a range of samples with the opportunity to measure their own samples with guidance from tutors.
A number of materials samples and optical microscopes will also be available. Optical techniques used will include brightfield, darkfield, DIC and polarised light microscopy.
Mr Steve Metcalfe
Microscopy 101 Ltd
Steve has worked with optical microscopes for the past 30 years. His background in engineering, logical approach to problem solving and inquisitive nature make him an ideal partner for your microscopy questions.
After a government (MoD) apprenticeship during which he qualified as an electronics engineer, Steve started ‘Sight Systems’, an imaging company providing innovative solutions for microscopy. Subsequently Steve was appointed as European Product Manager for Microscopy and Imaging products within Buehler, a materials sample preparation company.
Recently Steve has specialised in materials microscopy within Carl Zeiss UK as manager of the Materials Microscopy Division. He has built up a wealth of knowledge about applications and optical techniques both in industry and academia.
He now works for himself within a new company Microscopy101 Ltd.
Mr Eric Bennett
National Physical Laboratory
Eric is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory which he joined in 1981. Throughout his career he has acquired skills in metallographic preparation, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and image analysis of a wide range of materials. He is currently the facility leader of the microstructural characterisation facility in the Advanced Engineered Materials team at NPL. The facility is ISO 17025 UKAS accredited for “Measurement of Microstructural Features” for which Eric is the technical expert. He is also a member of BSI and sits on ISO/TC119/SC4 Sintered metal components and ISO/TC/172 Optics and Photonics. Additional, he is the Quality and Safety representative for the team.
University of Sheffield
Dr Paul Sheppard
The AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC)
Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Registration fees include a full day of training, all materials and lunch and refreshments.
Book a place
- £250 Member rate
- £280 Non-Member rate
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