To easily achieve the objectives set for the course, the students should have a background in Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Technology. Indeed, only the consolidated understanding on the intimate relationship between chemical bonding, atomic structure and matter properties, as well as on the general principles of solid and liquid processing of materials, will allow the efficient assimilation of the topics covered in the course.
Theoretical lectures are taught, during which the students are introduced to the most basics principles of materials joining / processing by welding, as well as with the related technologies. After this introductory chapter, students are asked to propose a topic on which they intend to write a monograph. The teacher evaluates the topic, suggests possible improvements, and thereafter, provides students with the necessary tutorial to guarantee that they will accomplish their work successfully.
- Providing basic understanding on the main principles/technologies assisting the joining and processing of materials by welding;
- Encouraging the autonomous acquisition/updating of knowledge by the students;
- Promoting an inquisitive attitude, enabling to deal with complex and/or non-familiar problems at the research level.
Due to the small number of students attending the classes, the course contents are defined, each year, together with the students, taking into account their scientific background and their future scientific and/or professional interests. Thus, after a general presentation in class, by the teacher, of the general principles of joining/processing by welding, as well as of the main conventional and non-conventional welding technologies, each student is invited to suggest a monograph theme on which they want to work. The monograph may address several subjects, ranging from joining/processing technologies by welding, metallurgy, plasticity, mechanical characterization, heat transfer and modeling. The only requirement is that the theme proposed is related with non-conventional welding technologies.
Dulce Maria Esteves Rodrigues
Oral presentation: 30.0%
Synthesis work: 70.0%
 W. R. Messler, Principles of Welding, John Wiley & Sons, EUA, 1999.
 S. Kou, Welding metallurgy, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, USA, 2003.
 John Norrish, Advanced Welding Processes, Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol, 1992.