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This course will introduce the types of materials available, their metallurgical and material characteristics and classifications.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • develop an awareness of the properties and uses of lightweight materials
  • select and use the most appropriate lightweight material for a specific application
  • familiarize yourself with the financial benefits associated with the use of light alloy materials by attending the course
  • discover fabrication techniques used for lightweight materials

The use of lightweight materials is becoming increasingly popular not only in the automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries, but also in other wide-ranging applications where a high strength-to-weight ratio is desirable.

In the automotive field and trucking industry the use of these materials has benefits by increasing payloads and / or reducing fuel consumption. In the aircraft and aerospace industries attractive and necessary fuel savings are realized with the use of lightweight materials.

The benefits of these materials in general applications are of particular significance. In maintenance circumstances, lightweight components may permit the maintainer to more easily remove and replace the parts without the need for a mechanical lifting device.  This saves time and cost. Lightweight materials are also extensively used in the medical field (e.g. prosthesis applications) and in the domestic field (e.g.culinary applications).

This course will introduce the types of materials available, their metallurgical and material characteristics and classifications.  Fabrication methods will be discussed and the utilization of these materials will be presented using industry examples. Finally the course will discuss the general economics associated with these materials.

  • To inform attendees as to the lightweight materials available, their typical costs and uses
  • To familiarize attendees with the fabrication techniques for lightweight materials
  • To enable attendees appreciate the limitations of lightweight materials
Who Should Attend

Design engineers; materials engineers, plant engineers and managers; maintenance engineers: production staff; plant supervisors; technicians; plant operators and maintainers. purchasing managers.

Program Outline

Day 1


  • The development of lightweight materials
  • Common lightweight engineering materials
Commonly Available Lightweight Alloys and Non-Metallic Materials
  • Physical and mechanical properties of:
  • Metals: aluminum alloys, titanium alloys, magnesium alloys, high-strength steels
  • Non-Metals: composites, plastics, ceramics
Fabrication of Lightweight Components
  • Welding and joining processes and equipment
  • Machining techniques and limitations
  • Casting and powder metallurgy techniques
  • Forming and fabrication precautions
  • Heat treatment
  • Other manufacturing processes (e.g. spinning)
  • Non-Destructive Examination (NDE): Metals, Non-metals
Day II

Design Considerations

  • Material cost
  • Standard mill shapes and sizes: manufacturing/forming
  • Selecting the right material/properties for the job: what is required / specified
  • Design limitations: component weight limits, strength-to-weight ratio, Environmental considerations
  • Do's and Don'ts: metals, non-metals
Economics (Cost / Benefits)
  • Automotive and trucking industry: fuel cost, cargo load
  • Aircraft and aerospace industries: fuel cost, cargo load
  • General industrial applications
  • Other applications

* There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


Rodger Seeley holds a BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering, 1960, from Case Institute of Technology, now known as Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio), 1974. He has worked in the steel industry, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. (3 ½ years), the titanium industry, Reactive Metals Inc., now known as RMI Titanium (7 years), the boiler and pressure vessel and nuclear steam generator industry, Babcock & Wilcox Co. (25 years), the nickel and cobalt industry, Haynes International Inc. (5 years), and the truck spring suspension industry, Hendrickson International (5 years). He retired from Hendrickson International in 2001. He has been a member of ASME, ASTM, ASM International, and TMS. He has contributed numerous articles to technical journals and has co-authored two US patents. His particular interests have been in the titanium industry and various materials testing activities including development of an ASTM dynamic fracture toughness test method. He has developed and presented EPIC courses on High Temperature Corrosion and Fracture Mechanics Technology.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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