Metal Processing


The curricular unit’s main objective is to confer to the student a solid knowledge about the metallic materials shaping technologies and processes, as well as their positioning in the general scheme of processing technologies.
Taking into account the structure-properties relationships governing material’s behaviour, the student should be able to identify the relative advantages and limitations of the processes, to understand the functioning of the machinery used to implement those processes, and to understand the influence of the various process parameters. Thus, he/she should be in a position to adequately select the best technologies to be used to produce a given part, planning the sequence of processing steps of the material as a function of its properties as well as of the intended application; also, the student should be able, when presented with a defective processing result, to evaluate the possible causes for error and to correct them.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandre José da Costa Velhinho


Weekly - 4

Total - 68

Teaching language





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Teaching method

Two types of lessons will be considered: Lectures and laboratory. Lectures will be given using PowerPoint slides, students having access to copies on the course page in the Moodle platform. The laboratory work will be performed by the students under the guidance of the teacher and focus on the different topics of the syllabus.
A series of visits to industrial plants dedicated to metallic materials processing may complement the unit.

Evaluation method

Evaluation consists of two written tests, complemented by the execution and analysis of a colective assignment and
an individual assignment.

Subject matter

  • Manufacturing: processing technologies and production systems.
  • Dimensions, tolerances and surface finish.
  • Replicative technologies:
    • Melting technologies: foundry and casting processes.
    • Powder metallurgy.
    • Mechanical forming technologies: forging, stamping, rolling, extrusion and drawing.
  • Subtractive technologies:
    • Machining;
    • Grinding and other abrasive processes;
    • Non-conventional machining processes (mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical).
  • Additive manufacturing
    • AM value chain
    • AM applied to metals
  • Finishing, joining and assembly processes.


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