Bremen, Germany
Delegates at EPMA's 2018 Functional Materials seminar

Bremen, Germany

Delegates at EPMA's 2018 Functional Materials seminar

Processing of Functional Materials

Functional Materials can be defined in different ways. Mostly, they make use of a distinct physical property they bring into a component, such as magnetism, caloric effects, electronic conductivity, and others. Whatever the functionality they provide, they are key components with regard to targeted applications. With growing understanding of powder-based processes, the desire to implement functionality into components also increases, making functional materials an important part in current and future applications and developments

The seminar will be split into 3 parts:

  • Processing of functional materials

    The desired shape of a functional component and the required amount of components define the choice of suitable processes for the manufacturing. However, material properties can never be regarded separately from the processing process, as the process influences the manifestation of the properties. This may be due to micro structural effects of the processing or interactions of processing agents or the process environment with the material. Therefore, especially for functional materials, the processing and its influence on the material’s performance is of high importance. Examples are process strategies to implement porosity into parts (e.g. for filters), the heat treatment of soft magnetic composites to adjust magnetic properties after pressing and many more.
  • Functional material and energy conversion

    The conversion of one form of energy into another is one of the most important aspects of modern life. Complex machines that generate electric energy, e.g. using wind, or provide mobility by converting chemical or electrical energy into motion can do it. Materials can also convert energy, due to specific effects. Thermoelectric or magnetocaloric materials are only two examples of such types of functional materials, but also soft and hard magnetic materials play a major role in energy conversion.
  • Functional material and energy storage.

    The need for improved energy storage technologies is high, especially in view of the ambition to replace combustion engines by electric powertrains and optimizing the use of renewable energy. Powder metallurgy can play an important role in some technical solutions in the future, e.g. in hydrogen storage or for novel metal-air battery concepts. Special functional materials may therefore become promising candidates in these and other energy storage-related applications.

If you would like to add to the FM showcase with a part/s from your company, please email Sabine Hazoumé, EPMA Events and Project Co-Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest. Please be aware that as there is limited space for the showcasing the components, they are provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course Fee

EPMA Members (paid up): €700
Academics (Non-Members): €700
Non-Members: €1000
End Users: €500*

The course fee includes one night accommodation (3 April), coffee breaks, lunch and a special dinner in Bremen on the evening of 3 April 2019.

Registration Deadline: 27 February 2019

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