The lectures are related to the modern metallurgy as it is applied in all aspects modern and daily life. The interaction of metallic materials with the surrounding environment (i.e. manufacturing, operating, exposed environment) is taken into account. The classes are enriched by case studies and other activies meant to sustain the curiosity and the attention of the students

This Classes are offered to students having acquired the credits of Metallurgy 1 or an equivalent course

  • Aims and content

      To consolidate the knowledge about steels, learn elements about non ferrous alloys Cu and Al based. The following notions are also offered: copper and copper alloys castability evaluation, introduction to welding tecniches, Metals and steels in renewable energies with special attention to fuel cells (PEMFC, SOFC). Corrosion and protection. Metals in cultural heritage. 


      The student is supposed to gather the following skills: to know how to read a technical sheet about a steel and a metallic material in general; to know the effect of each alloying elements in steels; To know special steels, low and high alloyed steels, special purposes steel, Stainless steels; to know how to read chemical, physical and mechanical data specified in the materials datasheets. To settle an experimental protocol for the characterization of materials and for their qualification is also a skill demanded to the student after the classes. The student should be able to select the best alloy for an application to establish the corrosion risk and the related counter strategy


      Strengthening methods in steels: alloying, cold hardening, ageing, secondary hardening. Detailed description of classified commercial steels: from micro-alloyed to highly alloyed steels (e.g. HSLA, maraging, duplex, weathering, micro-alloyed, Austempering). Stainless steels. Powder metallurgy. Room temperature corrosion, high temperature oxidation and related electrochemical measurements. Materials in renewable energies, fuel cells, stacking


      A. Cigada, T. Pastore, Struttura e proprietà dei materiali metallici, McGraw-Hill, 2012

      W. Nicodemi, Metallurgia (Principi Generali), Zanichelli

      R. E. Smallman and A. H.W. Ngan, Physical Metallurgy and Advanced Materials, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007

      Matteoli, Trattamenti Termici degli acciai

      Metallurgia delle polveri: R.M. German, Powder Metallurgy Science,

      Mazza Francesco; Bianchi Giuseppe, Corrosione e protezione dei metalli, Collana tecnica AIM

      Acciai inossidabili - G. Di Caprio, Acciai Inossidabili, Hoepli ; W. Nicodemi, Acciaio Inossidabile, collezione tecnica AIM

      Steel Heat Treatment: Metallurgy and Technologies, CRC press, George E. Totten

  • Who
    • Teacher(s)
    • Paolo Piccardo
      tel. (+39) 010 353 6145
    • Exam Board
      94817 - METALLURGIA 2 (6 CFU)
      Valeria Bongiorno
      Giorgia Carniglia
      Paolo Piccardo (President)
      Roberto Spotorno
  • How

      Lectures are mostly held in the classroom with the participation of experts. One credit of experimental activities is carried out as final experience of the teaching program.

      A copy of the power point is given at the conclusion of the teaching period.



      Written and oral


      4h, a technical sheet about a steel has to be described under chemical, physical and mechanicl points of view

      3 questions of 10 points each

  • Where and when

      Last week of February

      Paolo Piccardo

      Appointments with the teacher can be arranged by calling 0103536145

      Date Time Type Place Notes
      7 febbraio 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      23 febbraio 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      14 giugno 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      4 luglio 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      18 luglio 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      11 settembre 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
      28 settembre 2018 14:00 Orale Genova
    • The student attending the exam session has passed and recorded the Metallurgy 1 examination

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