Material selection in structural design

An introduction to the principles of materials selection for engineering applications

There are thousands of materials available today. How can you select the right ones in your design projects? That is what you will learn in this three-day course. Explore the synergy between function, shape, material, and manufacturing. With top quality guest lectures, hands-on sessions, and multiple case studies on inspiring structures and products.

Material selection is not easy, but having good software helps. The course provides access to the world-leading Granta Selector database. You will get to explore this powerful yet easy-to-use tool in an accessible workshop format.

Manufacturing goes hand in hand with materials. For this reason, the course program will also update your knowledge of common manufacturing processes. And, bring your toolkit: product tear-down sessions are a tremendous opportunity to learn, and feature prominently in the program.

Synergy of materials and production processes for your design project

After completing this course you:

  • Understand the framework in which material selection takes place
  • Recap of mechanics of materials and of structural design principles
  • Know how to compare steels, aluminium, composites, and more
  • Know about manufacturing processes, theory and practice
  • Have (re)discovered the world of computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Have developed hands-on experience with the Granta Selector software
  • Know about future materials and what to expect from them.

Intended for
All professionals working in the field of structural design, product design, materials R&D, and industrial supply chains, from junior to senior level.

Interested in related courses? Also take a look at the course Leven met scheurtjes in constructies - Praktische breukmechanica, Vermoeiing van constructies, Kunststofcomposieten in bruggen, sluisdeuren en overige constructies of Lichtgewicht ontwerpen





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  • Information
    The program can be taught in English on request.
  • Program

    Day 1

    • Introduction and expectations
    • Materials selection: a framework
    • Recap: mechanics of materials
    • Recap: principles of structural design
    • Guest lecture: materials for high-performance applications
    • Case studies

    Day 2

    • Hands-on product disassembly session
    • Recap: key manufacturing & assembly processes
    • Design For Manufacture & Assembly (DFMA): a framework
    • Guest lecture: materials selection of production process choice?
    • Case studies

    Day 3

    • Selecting materials with the Granta Selector software
    • Guest lecture: DFMA and computer-aided design (CAD)
    • Case studies
    • Supplementary topic: future materials
    • Wrap up