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Welcome to the FERROUS Powder Metallurgy Self-Study Course

A Course on Iron and Steel Powder Metallurgy Processing


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This Self-Study Course provides the fundamental principles of processing ferrous powder metallurgy (PM) materials.  The student will gain an understanding of the practical processing of iron and steel, the most dominant materials in the PM industry, and engineering as it relates to the technology. The Course has a strong technical emphasis on ferrous materials behavior utilizing various manufacturing processes, and some market data.  This technically in-depth Course provides valuable knowledge for career development. 

Target Audience
  • Materials Engineers and Technologists
  • Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing, Process, and Aerospace Engineers
  • Quality Assurance Engineers and Technologists
  • Management and Overseers of Powder Metallurgy Organizations
Recommended Pre-Requisites 

A practical understanding of chemistry and physics is beneficial for the comprehension of fundamental principles provided in this course.

Duration of Course

This Course contains ten (10) pre-recorded segments that average 60 minutes each.  The Course will be open to the student for 2 months from the date of purchase.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Course, the student should be able to: 

  • Differentiate iron and steel crystal structures, mechanical properties, and its dominance as an engineered material
  • Discuss particle size, shape, characterization, and techniques for producing iron and steel powders
  • Understand shaping does not deform particles but compaction relies on particle deformation for improved properties and densification
  • Separate different consolidation methods, definitions and terms for tooling, compaction press motions, lubricant effects on green density
  • Consider the degree of sintering, particle necking, grain boundary diffusion, densification
  • Discuss manufacturing routes to full density PM components
  • Have a basic understanding of phase diagrams, terminology of phases, combination of phases and properties
  • Identify good candidates for PM components, required secondary operations; controlled porosity
  • Understand design features, composition flexibility, competitive properties, performance data  
Materials Included


  • Powder Metallurgy Design Manual 
  • Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials Processing 
Cost of Course - $800 per individual 
                            $700 per individual for groups of 6-9 employees
                            $600 per individual for groups of 10 or more employees

                                    (Contact Stephanie Schember to register multiple employees.)

This Course contains ten (10) pre-recorded segments that average 60 minutes each.  Below is a listing of lectures with a short description of goals/objectives that will be defined within the lecture. 

Part 1, Introduction: focus on largest segment of PM; technical emphasis, some market data; introduction to iron, steel, PM processes, iron powders, shaping and compaction, sintering, full density options, heat treatment, properties, applications.

Part 2, Fe PM Framework: frame of reference; PM is a metalworking technology, like casting, forging, stamping, …; diversity of powders, processes, alloys, shapes, and microstructures; able to fabricate high quality, complex shaped components to close tolerances in an economical manner in large quantities.

Part 3, Powder: iron and steel dominant in tonnage, other powders are dominant in value; many sizes, shapes, compositions; different powder producing methodologies.

Part 4, Shaping: shaping compared with compaction; densification objectives; high volume production; low material loss.

Part 5, Compaction: die compaction; warm compaction; isostatic pressing; cold forging; explosive compaction.

Part 6, Sintering: thermal treatment for bonding particles; improves strength and other properties; induces densification at high temperatures; effects of lubricant removal.

Part 7, Full Density: common techniques include high temperature sintering, hot isostatic pressing, powder forging, hot pressing, hot extrusion, spray deposition; combination of four key parameters = pressure + temperature + particle size + time.

Part 8, Heat Treatment: solubility for alloying elements; carbon & nitrogen impact; desired combination of phases; properties depend on density, alloying, phases, grain size.

Part 9, Properties: best applications for PM; size and shape complexity; mechanical and dynamic properties.

Part 10, Applications: examples of components; successful applications; design features; performance attributes.

Professor Randall M. German

Rand German is Research Professor at San Diego State University, previously serving as dean of engineering research.

His PhD degree in Materials is from the University of California – Davis, following a MS in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University and BS in Materials Science and Engineering from San Jose State University. He is recognized as a distinguished alumnus from all three universities.
Rand held chaired professorships at Rensselaer Polytechnic, Penn State, and Mississippi State, and in the latter two positions headed large research centers, directing efforts funded at $59 million. He has authored more than a thousand articles, 21 books, and 25 patents, while being involved in forming twelve companies. Rand is recognized by professional organizations around the world and is a Fellow of three technical societies including APMI International.

Once you've registered (with the button above), you will be enrolled in the course and will receive an email confirmation within 24 business hours of registration.  You will then see a new button at the top of this page that says "Course Videos".  Click on this to link to view the course content.

User Agreement

To purchase a Self-Study Course, you must have a registered account with MPIF/APMI and be able to log into your account using your username and password. When you place your order, you are committing to the terms and conditions for the Course. All Intellectual Property Rights in the Course remain, the intellectual property of MPIF. You are not authorized to:

  • copy, modify, reproduce, re-publish, sub-license, sell, upload, broadcast, post, transmit or distribute any of the Course materials 
  • record on video or audio tape, relay by videophone or other means the Course 
  • use the Course materials in the provision of any other course or training
  • remove any copyright or other notice of MPIF on Course materials
  • modify, adapt, merge, translate, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer (save to the extent permitted by law) any software forming part of the Course

*Note: Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted media, such as publications, videos, and images. 

Breach of the above shall allow us to immediately terminate these terms and conditions with you and cease to provide you with any services, including but not limited to access to the Course. 

In consideration of the fees paid by you, we grant to you limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive permission to use the Course materials for the sole purpose of completing the online Course.

Recommended Computer and Internet Requirements per Vimeo 

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Below you will find minimum requirements for accessing vimeo.com and playing the Course videos.

Download Speeds 

  • 10 Mbps minimum download bandwidth
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Desktop OS and Browser 
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  • *.magisto.com
  • *.akamaized.net
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All Self-Study Course purchases are considered final.  However, a full refund may be provided if requested in writing to MPIF within 14 days of purchase of a Course, provided the Course materials had not been accessed more than one time during that 14-day period.   


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