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Strengthening Mechanisms of Non-Ferrous Alloys

Digital Short Course

The nonferrous metals principally used for industrial purposes are cop­per, aluminum, zinc, tin, nickel, lead, titanium, and magnesium. Most of the nonferrous metals cannot be hardened to a significant degree by the techniques used for hardening steels because most other metals and alloys do not undergo martensitic transformations. How­ever, the mechanical properties of most metals can be improved by cold work­ing, alloying, or by other heat treating processes. In this self-guided digital course, students will learn with the help of rich visuals, narrated animations, ASTM test procedures videos, and interactive quizzes effects of alloying elements on the strength of metals, age hardening, cold working and annealing and the optimal strengthening mechanisms for several groups of alloys.

Target Audience

  • Design Engineers
  • Operators
  • Technicians
  • Process Engineers
  • QA Managers
  • Product Development Specialists
  • Sales and Purchasing Professionals
  • Anyone with an interest in metallurgy


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the effects of alloying elements on the strength of metals
  • Define age (precipitation) hardening
  • Define cold working and annealing
  • Explain the optimal strengthening mechanisms for several groups of alloys

Course Outline

  • Diffusion in metals and alloys
  • Strengthening by Cold work
  • Strengthening by Solid Solution Hardening
  • Strengthening by second phase precipitation
  • Strengthening Aluminum and Its Alloys
  • General Heat Treating Practices
  • Two phase Microstructures

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Course Length- 1.5-2hrs

Access details- The course will be available for viewing for 60 days from the registration date.

Reference materials included- pdf of the lesson

Communication: Access to course materials requires a unique email address for the student enrolled. All communications concerning the status of the class will be accomplished by email. It is the responsibility of the class registrant to ensure that a valid email address has been supplied and email filter settings are not preventing delivery of emails from ASM International-email.

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Members: $420
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Strengthening Mechanisms of Non-Ferrous Alloys

Members: $420
Non Members: $440

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