10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces the basic theory for materials properties to the wide variety of disciplines that students join the CDT from. Over the course of two weeks of block taught seminars covering: - The concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics in physical metallurgy and phase transformations. - The use of equilibrium phase diagrams as a tool in understanding the thermodynamics of alloy systems. - The use of transformation (isothermal and continuous cooling) diagrams as a tool in following (i) the kinetics of phase transformations and (ii) the development of alloy microstructure. - The role of diffusion in the kinetics of phase transformations. - The use of computer-aided thermodynamic modelling for the prediction of phase equilibrium. - The principles governing microstructure formation during liquid metal solidification as a function of solidification conditions.

Restrictions on availability: Yes students in CDT Advanced Metallics only.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Materials Science and Engineering):

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