1. Overview

The Department of Foundry Materials and Technology (FMT) at the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), established in 1956, has a proud history of producing high-quality engineers for foundry industry in Vietnam. The aim of the Department focuses on high quality in teaching, scientific research, technological innovation and transfer in foundry area.

The difference in obtaining an engineering qualification from our department is that the graduate can work in any environment from engineering to sales or business management. Most of our graduates take weighty of responsibilities at their workplace. Our education quality over many years has been guaranteed by an excellent lecturer’s team that consists now of 07 highly qualified academic staff among them 01 Professor, 04 Associate Professors, 01 Doctor and 01 Technical Officer, who effectively deliver their excellent knowledge, rich background and passionate profession to students. In addition, most member of our staffs occupy key positions in the Vietnam Foundry and Metallurgy Science and Technology Association (VFMSTA), the largest professional society of foundry and metallurgy areas in Vietnam..

  1. Education

The education priorities of the department focus on adaptation to globalization and modernization of education standards. The Department of Foundry Materials and Technology provides an in-depth study of bachelor, engineering, master, and doctoral programs in various key areas:

  • Manufacturing technology of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys with conventional and special microstructure, such as non-dendritic or nanostructured.
  • Melting technology and production of industrial castings, including metallurgical processes of melts, casting into sand and metallic molds, crystallization and solidification processes, preparation and testing of molding mixture, and molding methods.
  • Casting technological design, modeling and simulation of casting process, thermal analysis, materials selection and material design.
  • Special casting methods, Foundry workshop equipment and design.

Education process in our department takes always in account the broad range of change that have occurred in the materials and foundry industry in recent years. Student’s classes are designed and divided into small groups to allow them to get in direct contact with lecturers. During education process, students can not only participate in research activities or projects under leadership of the department’s staff, but also in internship program at industrial companies. The result is that they can get a lot of experiences in the best possible way that can be very useful for their future careers. In addition, excellent graduates can have the opportunity to continue studying, research or working in an international environment.

  1. Facilities:
  • Casting workshop equipped with
    • 01 high-frequency induction furnace for melting different metal up to 5kg under vacuum;
    • 02 resistance furnace for melting aluminum alloys.
    • The devices and apparatus for studying the crystallization and solidification processes.
    • Full equipments for Works of precision casting methods, such as investement casting and lost foam casting.
    • Sample preparation equipment.
    • Equipment for microstructure evaluation and characterization
  • Sand mold laboratory – designed as a teaching laboratory. It has all the equipment for Work and practical trainning of preparation and evaluation of foundry molding mixtures.
  • Laboratory of modeling and simulation – equipped with 05 high-power computers, 3D printer, data projector. On the PC is installed Solidwork and Z-Cast Pro software.
  1. Current Research Orientations
N Orientation Content Perspective Notes
1 Advanced materials Bulk nanostructured materials Research High strength combined with good ductility. Prepared by crystallization of amorphous precursor
High entropy materials New trend  
Alloys with non-dendritic morphology R & D Especially Al-based alloys
Bio-medical materials Research Ti-based alloy for human bone implant or substitution
Al-alloys with special properties Research Superplastic
Composite materials prepared in-situ R & D Al-alloys matrix with AlN reinforcements.

Al-Ti matrix with Al2O3 reinforcements

Dual-phase steel Research For transport industry
ADI nodular cast iron R & D For supporting industries
Anti-corrosion alloys Research Cu-based alloys
2 Advanced technologies Semi-solid technology Application Rheo- and thixo-casting, rheo-diecasting, rheo-continuous casting
Lost foam casting technology Research and application For production of art objects
Precious casting technology Research and application Automobile spare parts
Rapid prototyping – FDM Research 3D printing of casting models
Production technology for die- and sand mold paints and heat generation riser Technology transfer Frequently use in foundry workshop
3 Application Turbine blades for small and moderate hydropower plants Research Single crystals
Engine parts Research and application Cylinders and rings
Crankshafts, gears Research and application Nodular graphite cast iron
Big two-layer (steel and Cu-based composite) sleeves  Application Prepared by centrifugal casting method for ship building industry
  1. Scientific service
  • Technology for precision casting.
  • Technology for advanced casting.
  • Technology for coating in foundry.
  • Software calculation and design of foundry technology.
  • Construction consultancy for foundry manufacture factories.
  • Consultancy of materials selection and design.
  • Short term training of foundry area.


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