10 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: None

Aims/Description: This module introduces students to diffusion and heat transfer. In the diffusion part topics covered in atomic motion, the diffusion constant, Fick's laws and the mechanisms of atomic transport in the bulk and at the surface of materials. There is also discussion of the role of diffusion in the evolution of materials, their growth and crystallisation. The heat transfer part of the course is intended to develop an understanding of the basic physics of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer and its relevance to materials processing. To this end, the course concentrates on `simple' analytic approaches to heat transfer problems.

Staff Contact: TRAVIS KARL P
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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