Course detail

Metallurgy of Nonferrous Metals

FSI-PLNAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course gives an overview of non-ferous cast alloys. Emphasis is given namely on aluminium a magnesium alloys, copper, zink and other alloys are mentioned briefly too. Types of alloys, their composition and main properties are mentioned. Crystallization and metallurgical processing are discussed in details. They are introduced types of melting furnaces suitable for different alloys. Metalurgicall defects, their identification and possibilities of reparing are commented.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to operate metalurgical processes by melting different alloys grades, heat treatment and quality control


Basic knowledges of chemistry, knowledges of non-ferrous metals science


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Grígerová,T.,Kořený,R.,Lukáč,I.: Zlievarenstvo neželezných kovov ALFA Bratislava/SNTL Praha, 1988
Aluminium Casting Technology, 2nd Edition, AFS,Inc., Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, 1993, ISBN 0-87433-157-9
Kainer, K.U.: Magnesium-Alloys and Technologies, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, 2003, ISBN 3-527-30570-X
Roučka,J.: Metalurgie neželezných kovů. CERM Brno, 2005
Aluminium-recycling: Vereinigung Deutscher Schmelzhütten e.V, Düsseldorf, 2000

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit: Attendandance and appropriate knowledges in courses, passing 2 tests in the course
of semester
Exam: Credit, numerical part of exam, verbal part of exam

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of course is to get knowledges about structure and properties of wide range of non-ferous alloys, principles of proper melting process in different melting furnaces, quality control and analysis of metallurgical defects.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Passing 2 tests in the course of semester. Compensation of absence by personal agreement with the lecturer

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-SLE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-SLE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Types of non-ferous alloys, characterization of their properties and application
2. Aluminium alloys – main alloying elements, crystallization
3. Mechanical, chemical and technological properties of aluminium alloys, influence of
crystalization conditions on properties, age-hardening
4. Inoculation and modification of aluminium alloys
5. Metallurgy of aluminium alloys – refining
6. Degassing
7. Melting furnaces, principles of melting
8. Magnesium alloys – types, properties
9. Melting and pouring of magnesium alloys
10.Komposites, methods thixocasting and squeeze casting
11.Copper-based alloys – overwiew, diagrams, chemical composition, structure, properties
12.Principles of copper alloys melting
13.Titanium and zink alloys

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Constitutional diagrams of aluminium alloys
2. Preparing the samples for metallographical examination. Structural and phase
3. Metallographycal analysis of Al alloys structures
4. Testing of technological and mechanical properties
5. Calculation of charge
6. Excursion to a gravity casting foundry
7. Excursion to a die casting foundry
8. Excursion to a thermal treating shop
9. Excursion to a cooper alloys foundry
10. Melting equipment, temperature measuring,
11. Melting of aluminium alloys, cleaning and refining of the melt
12. Degasing of Al-Si melt, measuring of gas content, thermal analysis
13. Conducting and control of melting operation