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Metallic Component Design for Industrial Equipment

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
This postgraduate course is also part of the training track for the master's degree Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Equipment.

To face the future challenges this industry must use equipment that is most adaptable to the production processes that make companies competitive on an international scale. One of the activities that engineers are most passionate about is definition, design and development of machinery based on functions and previously established features.

To design capital goods or similar products you need to have knowledge of metallic materials and manufacturing technologies. These are aspects that can not be adequately developed in a generic university level engineering education. This postgraduate course in Metallic Component Design using Industrial Equipment seeks to fill this void.

Designing industrial machines and equipment in this industry involves producing metallic components that must comply with a wide variety of requirements like shape, aspect, environmental behaviour, production volume according to cost, etc. Nowadays the designer has a growing diversity of compliant treatment and coating materials and processes at their disposition. Special attention is given to the processes that allow for a high degree of versatility when manufacturing in small production runs.

The purpose of this postgraduate course is to provide the knowledge and tools needed to make the best decisions in terms of the functions, shapes, materials and processes based on the requirements of the metallic component they wish to design and implement these decisions during this course by doing metallic component design exercises. Understanding the different technologies demonstrated during this course are further reinforced with visits to companies within the sector.


  • To improve understanding of materials and processes.

  • To learn about the newest trends and information related to new materials and processes.

  • To learn selection methodologies for binomial process-materials.

  • To evaluate the costs associated with manufacturing components (materials, processes, implements, production series¿).
  • Who is it for?

  • Industrial Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.

  • Professionals that work on product and industrial equipment design.

  • Degree holders in specialised technical areas that want to broaden their knowledge.

  • Mechanical Engineers.

  • Electrical Engineers.
  • Content


    Metallic component design
    12 ECTS. 105 teaching hours.
    Introduction to Metals
    - Introduction to metal based materials
    - The properties and characteristics of metals
    - Selection criteria
    - Iron based materials. Steel
    - Aluminium and copper based materials
    - Other metals and alloys (Zn, Ti, Ni)

    Moulded Components
    - Introduction to moulded component design
    - Moulding with colanders
    - A visit to a foundry
    - Aluminium moulding and Zamak moulding by injection
    - Microfusion

    Forged, Extruded and Sintered Components
    - Forged components
    - Laminated components
    - Thermal treatments
    - Aluminium extrusion
    - A visit to an extruded aluminium factory
    - Sintered components

    Tubes and Sheet Metal Components
    - Introduction to the sheet metal components
    - Different joinery techniques used for sheet metal construction
    - Embossed sheet metal components
    - A visit to a stamped metal component factory
    - A visit to a fine cutting factory
    - High elasticity steel components

    Coatings and Protections
    - The function of protective covering and layers
    - A visit to a polymer coating factory
    - High strength coatings and resistance to wear
    - A visit to a galvanising factory
    - Thermal application coatings
    Projecte de Curs Postgrau de Disseny de Components Metàl·lics en l'Equipament Industrial.
    3 ECTS.

    Management & Faculty

    Academic management

    • Domènech Mestres, Carles
      Doctor Ingeniero Industrial por la UPC. Subdirector y Jefe de Proyectos del Centro de Diseño de Equipos Industriales CDEI-UPC. Director y profesor Máster EMEI de la FPC. Profesor Máster de Ingeniería Industrial de la ETSEIB - UPC.

    Teaching staff

    • Corbaton Vila, Jordi
      Ingeniero Industrial por la UPC. Logística Empresarial por la UVic. Simulación por ordenador de procesos de embutición para XARDEC. Dirección de proyectos de Ingeniería por el ICT. Planificación y Control de la producción por el ICT. Programa de Alta Dirección y Administración de Empresas por Fomento del Trabajo Nacional. Habilidades de negociación para SCOTWORK. Acumula 20 años de experiencia en Proyectos de Industrialización de Maquinaria y Dirección de Compras en GIRBAU, S.A.
    • Costa Herrero, Lluis
      Profesor de la Sección de Fabricación del Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica de la UPC.
    • Domènech Mestres, Carles
      Doctor Ingeniero Industrial por la UPC. Subdirector y Jefe de Proyectos del Centro de Diseño de Equipos Industriales CDEI-UPC. Director y profesor Máster EMEI de la FPC. Profesor Máster de Ingeniería Industrial de la ETSEIB - UPC.
    • Piedra Garcia, Gerard
      Ingeniero de Materiales por la UPC y MBA por ESADE. Cubriendo diversas funciones técnicas en la industria metalúrgica. Desde hace diecisiete años desarrollando proyectos en la siderúrgica sueca SSAB. Actualmente Director Técnico a la división Special Steels de SSAB.
    • Riba Romeva, Carles
      Doctor Industrial Engineer at the UPC. Professor emeritus at the UPC and President of CMES (Collective for a new sustainable energy and social model).
    • Rodrigo, Pedro Manuel
      Licenciado en Ciencias Químicas y trabajo en Oerlikon Balzers Elay desde 1989. Responsable de Ventas y Producto para el área de Cataluña y Levante. Labor que ejerce desde el Centro de recubrimiento que la compañía tiene en Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona).
    • Santolaria Vea, Ismael
      Cursados estudios de Ingeniería Técnica Industrial Electrónica en la Universidad Rovira i Virgili. Vinculado profesionalmente desde el año 1.995 a la empresa SANJO Fineblanking, líder mundial en la técnica del troquelado de corte fino, desempeñando funciones de responable en el área de Ingeniería de Producto.

    General information

    15 ECTS (105 teaching hours)
    Start date
    Classes start:04/03/2019Classes end:11/07/2019Programme ends: 15/12/2019
    Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
    Taught at
    Centre de Disseny d'Equips Industrials (CDEI-UPC)
    C/ Llorens Artigues, 4-6. Edifici U, planta 0
    Telephone: (34) 93 707 31 32
    Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

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    Virtual Campus
    The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
    Employment service
    Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
    Registration fee
    2.400 €
    The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
    See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

    Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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