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05 August 2013

2013 EPMA Summer School - Another Success

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The University of Trento played host to the 13th PM Summer School, (and the fifth to be funded by EPMA reserves), on 8th - 12th July 2013. As usual demand far outweighed the places available, but 52 students were successful in gaining a place on this year’s course.

Professor José Torralba, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, coordinated the event in conjunction with Professor Alberto Molinari and his team from the University of Trento, with administrative support from Joan Hallward and Rachel Burton-Pye of the EPMA.

The students from throughout Europe had the opportunity to listen to, discuss and solve problems with PM experts drawn from both industry and academia. Lectures were complemented by the University of Trento’s excellent laboratory facilities, where students learned about ‘Impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels’, ‘Microstructural analysis and microhardness’ and ‘Hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry’.

Participants also had the chance to visit two companies: Mimest, who produce typical MIM parts, and Eurocoating, a medium sized company working in biomaterials.

No Summer School would be complete without the now traditional Summer School dinner and song contest held on the last evening of the course. This year the venue was ‘Doc’, a typical Italian restaurant, where everyone feasted to their heart’s content.

Another EPMA PM Summer School is planned for next year. Further information will be made available on the EPMA website early in 2014.

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