Metallurgy is a domain of engineering and materials science that studies the structural and chemical behaviour of metallic elements and their associated compounds and alloys. Metallurgy also covers the process by which metals are separated from their mined ores.

Metallurgy, in practical terms, concerns itself with the technological application of metals, i.e. the way in which science is applied to the production of metals, and the engineering of metal components for use in consumer, commercial, and industrial products. The science of metallurgy is usually subdivided into chemical metallurgy and physical metallurgy.

Metallurgy is subdivided into ferrous metallurgy (also known as black metallurgy) and non-ferrous metallurgy (also known as coloured metallurgy). Ferrous metallurgy involves processes and alloys based on iron while non-ferrous metallurgy involves processes and alloys based on other metals.

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Metallurgy can be an important part of forensic engineering and failure analysis - investigating machinery, components and structures to determine which metals fail or do not function as intended, resulting in personal injury or property damage.

Experts in this field may be asked to investigate and comment on the causes of metal fatigue, stress, fractures, softening, brittleness, cracking, rusting, and other failure in accidents involving:

  • Aircraft, rail and transport vehicles
  • Machinery, tools, equipment and their components
  • Civil engineering buildings, bridges and structures

Metallurgists can work in mines, mineral processing plants, and government and commercial research laboratories. They normally work with other related professions: mining and construction engineers, geologists, mineralogists, technicians and tradespeople.

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Relevant Articles The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Code of Ethics

The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to ensure that all AusIMM members uphold and enhance the honesty, honour, integrity and dignity of their profession. The AusIMM expects and promotes the highest professional and ethical standards of its members across all areas of professional practice through a strong focus on professional ethics and best practice implementation of professional codes.

Developments in metallurgy

This article is a collection of thoughts from AusIMM professional societies and networks on how practices have developed over the past 125 years.


Metallurgist experts were asked to give their opinion on the novelty of a patented new metallurgic process for sulphide minerals.

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A sample of our experts in Engineering - Metallurgy

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  • #ID11008

Engineer – Materials Scientist, Ceramic Engineering expert

ID11008 has over 30 years’ experience as a materials scientist / engineer and has worked in Australia and internationally in the design, development, testing and analysis of materials used in industrial environments, with an emphasis on forensic analysis of production, installation and in-service failures.

  • #ID10710

Process Engineering Specialist expert

ID10710 is a specialist in the many facets of process engineering, including water and mining treatments, with over 35 years of experience. Alongside his consulting work, his research papers have contributed extensively to the scholarship surrounding the field.

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