Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can:

-Identify the main joining mechanisms within welding technology;

-Address the fundaments of physics of electric arc and metallic transference in electric arc welding;

-Implement an applicability analysis of SMAW + SAW + GTAW + PAW + GMAW + FCAW + LW + EBW + Hybrid joining techniques

-Address the fundaments of solid-state welding techniques and joining techniques for advanced materials: polymers; ceramics; composites;

-Make a weldability analysis based on the welding metallurgy;

-Apply the fundaments of design of welded structures with a focus on static loading conditions

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2021 - 01.06.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Welding technology plays a critical role in almost every industry sector - it is critical to the world's ability to cope with the continuous development demands. Whether joining the smallest bio-implants or welding the world's biggest components, welding makes significant contributions to the global quality and sustainability of life. Welding technologies, whether conventional, or advanced, and welding engineers and operators, are thus vital elements to improved quality of life for all. In fact, there is a huge demand for welders in the industry. Welding is an extremely important component of many industries in Finland and worldwide. In fact, without specialized know-how on welding, many construction projects, bridge building, vehicle manufacturing processes, computer electronics plants, plastics manufacturing, and even our space program would come to a standstill.

    In the present course, the fundaments of welding and joining by fusion and solid-state are reviewed preparing the students for the introduction of the most relevant developments and recent innovations in the welding technology. The fundaments on the welding metallurgy and design of welded structures will also be assessed.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Final Grade =

    0.6 X max (final exam grade; special project grade) +

    0.2 X continuous evaluation grade from answers to theory seminar questions +

    0.2 X continuous evaluation grade from laboratory reports

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Preparation of lecture = 10 h
    • Lectures (contact sessions) = 27 h
    • Literature exploration to support the answering to the questions from continuous evaluation = 17 h
    • Preparation of laboratorial exercises = 16 h
    • Laboratory exercises (contact sessions) = 8 h
    • Reporting the laboratory exercises = 24 h
    • Analytical exercises (contact sessions) = 10 h
    • Preparation for exam + exam = 41 h (also possible to replace by Special Project for deep learning approach)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    -Robert W. Messler, Jr. - Principles of Welding Processes Physics, Chemistry, and Metallurgy (ISBN-13: 978-0-471-25376-1)

    -Welded Joint Design (3rd edition), John Hicks. Woodhead Publishing Ltd. 1999 (ISBN-1-85573386-2).


    -ASM Metals Handbook Vol. 6 Welding Brazing and Soldering. 1993. ASM International.

    -AWS Welding Handbook Vol. 1 to 4 8th and/or 9th edition. American Welding Society.

    -Pedro Vilaça, Wayne Thomas, State-of-the-art in FSW technology . Chapter 4 of book: Structural Connections for Lightweight Metallic Structures . pp. 85-124. ISBN 978-3-642-18186-3, Springer.

    -Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures. Part 1-1 (General rules and rules for buildings) and Part 1-8 (Design of joints)

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This large scope course, on the Welding Technology and Design, encompasses the following courses from old programmes in engineering:

    • Kon-67.4200 (Welding Technology)
    • Kon-67.4201 (Welding Metallurgy)
    • Kon-67.4210 (Weld Design and Production)
    • Kon-67.4206 (Design and Analysis of Welded Structures)
    • Kon-67.4211 (Welding Exercises)
    • Kon-67.4203 (Laboratory of Welding Technology)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Completed courses on fundaments of:

    • Science and Engineering of Materials
    • Physics (mechanics and electromagnetism)
    • General Chemistry
    • Mechanics of Materials and/or Mechanical Design

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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