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MH2100 Powder Metallurgy 6.0 credits

This course provides the students with knowledge about the field of powder metallurgy and teaches them generic principles associated with creating powders and fabricating engineering shapes from those powders.

Topics covered are powder production and characterization, compaction and shaping of powder, full-density process such as additive manufacturing and hot isostatic pressing, liquid and solid state sintering. Special focus is on additive manufacturing, cemented carbides and steels.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2100 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fabrication of metallic powders and methods for their characterisation. Compaction and sintering of ironbased powder and cemented carbide powder. Compaction by uni-axial and isostatic pressing and the use of pressing aids. Thorough analysis of chemical equilibria and diffusion processes during sintering of sinter steel and cemented carbides. Sintering theory and the influence of different processing conditions, wetting and surface diffusion. Solid phase as well as liquid phase sintering are exemplified by applications on sinter steel and cemented carbides. Advantages and limitations of powder metallurgy materials are discussed from technical and economical point of views.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be abel to:

  • about powder metallurgical materials and their fabrication processes.
  • of materials of special importance for the Swedish PM-industry.

Course disposition

Lectures 16 h
Exercises 16 h
Laboratory work 8 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course or a similar one like:
MH2027 Micro and Nano Structures.

Recommended prerequisites

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Anges i kurs-PM, vid kursstart.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MH2100

Offered by

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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