Phase Transformations 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, T7008T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Engineering Materials
Subject group (SCB)
Materials Technology
Main field of study
Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge of materials science

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After the course the student should be able to deal with the important principles of phase transformation. Focusing on the basic theory of the interaction of defects (vacancies, dislocations, interphase interfaces etc), general laws of phase transformation and mutual effects between composition, microstructure and macroproperties of engineering materials such as metallic alloys and ceramics. The student should also have a good knowledge of composition design, microstructure development and property improvement, as well as the newest development of materials and methods of doing research in materials science.

Theoretical background 1. Thermodynamics and kinetics of alloys: binary and ternary systems; kinetics of transformation. 2. Diffusion: interstitial and substitutional diffusion, the relationship between macroscopic diffusion and atomic mechanisms; mass transfer in porous materials and other transport phenomena. 3. Interfaces and surfaces: structures and properties of surfaces, grain boundaries and interphase interfaces, the effect of interfaces on transformation. 4. Solidification: Nucleation in pure metals, growth of a pure solid and alloy solidification. 5. Diffusional transformation: general theory of nucleation and growth; important phase transformations such as precipitate, massive, spinodal, ordering transformation etc; transformation of steels. 6. Diffusionless transformations: the crystallography and kinetics of nucleation and growth of Martensite transformation.

Lectures and seminars.

Written examination at the end of the course

Farid Akhtar

Transition terms
The course T7008T is equal to MPM036

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2009 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Porter, D.A., Easterling, K.E and Sherif, M.Y (2009). Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, 3rd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0001Written exam7.5TG G U 3 4 5

Study guidance
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