Metallography for the surface engineer:
A theory and practical course

 Short course and practical lessons with George Vander Voort Consulting L.L.C. and Consultant – Struers Inc.

7th - 8th February 2020 (Friday and Saturday) | 9am - 5pm 


This course is designed to teach fundamental principles for analysis of surface engineered components with a strong emphasis on the use of microscopy techniques.

The following main topics will be covered:
  1. What is Metallography/Materialography?
  2. Microstructure of Coatings
  3. Metallography of Welds
  4. Etching of Ferrous Alloys
  5. Etching of Nonferrous Metals and Alloys
  6. Using Metallography to Understand Heat Treatment Results
  7. Surface Hardening Processes
  8. Determination of Grain Size Distributions

Class will be divided between lectures and lab sessions over the 2 days.

Student:  $440  |  Member:  $840  |  Non-Member:  $930  


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About George

George Vander Voort, president of Vander Voort Consulting L.L.C. and a consultant for Struers, is a graduate of Drexel University and Lehigh University with a background in metallurgy and materials science and 29 years’ experience in the US steel industry with Bethlehem Steel and Carpenter Technology and 13 years with Buehler Ltd.

A past president of the International Metallographic Society and past chairman of ASTM Committee E-4 on Metallography, George was the USA representative to ISO on metallography for 25 years.

He has six patents and over 439 publications including Metallography: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill, 1984; ASMI, 1999), the ASM video course, Principles of Metallography, and Buehler’s Guide to Materials Preparation. He served as a trustee for ASM International and was the editor for the 2004 revision of Volume 9 of the ASM Handbook, Metallography and Microstructures. He was a member of the editorial board of Materials Characterization and associate editor and is presently on the editorial boards of Praktische Metallographie, Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis, Image Analysis and Stereology and the Intl. Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties.

George has taught 87 ASM Metals Engineering Institute courses from 1977 to 2017, has given 117 seminars and workshops for Buehler Ltd and 71 for various technical societies and companies and has given over 450 lectures in 42 countries. He created 8 ASTM standards. He is a fellow of ASMI, ASTM and the IFHTSE, was named a distinguished life member of Alpha Sigma Mu honorary society and is an honorary member of the Polish Society for Stereology.

Drexel presented George with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005 and the Service to the Profession Award in 2016. He received 36 awards for his microscopy work including the Jacquet-Lucas Grand Prize and the Dubose-Crouse Award of the International Metallographic Contest.

He is a court certified expert witness in litigations involving failures of metallic components. He has studied the thermal exposure of the lower head of the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor and determined how structural steel beams from buildings 1 or 2 and 7 were melted through the web despite the jet aviation fuel’s maximum temperature when burned in air was only 1100 degrees Celsius while the melting point of the steel was above 1500 degrees Celsius.