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Characterization of Commercial Steels 7.5 Credits

Karakterisering av kommersiella stål
First cycle, B0018T
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2018 Sp 3 - Autumn 2019 Sp 2
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Engineering Materials
Subject group (SCB)
Materials Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Course B0015T Material Science II mechanical properties

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

After completing this course the student shall:

·         Have knowledge of the most important methods of characterization used in the steel industry regarding the microstructure of the steel
·         Be able to detail the concepts of spectrography and diffraction
·         Ba able to perform suitable sample preparation for light optical as well as electron microscopy
·         Had practiced of light optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy
·         Have god knowledge about different methods to determine chemical composition and shall had performed energy dispersive spectrography on segregated samples
·         Do qualified choices of characterization methods based upon the technical question and the conditions of the steel.


The course treats the most common methods of characterization used in the steel industry such as different methods of determining chemical analysis, different types of microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The challenges in performing statistically sound investigations on commercial steels as among other things the inhomogeneity and inherent complexity of the steel. Often multiple methods need to be used in order to get satisfying results. The student will through practical lab work be confronted with this kind of complex cases. The following methods will be treated: EDS/WDS, SEM, TEM, X-ray diffraction, LOM and optical spectrography.


Classes, exercises, laboratory work and study visit.


Written exam and laboratory work.

Esa Vuorinen

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Brandon, D. and Kaplan, W.D. (2008). Microstructural Characterization of Materials, 2nd ed. Chichester, Wiley

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0001Written exam5.5G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work2.0U G#

Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2016

Last revised
by HUL Mats Näsström 17 Jan 2017