Module Description 2012/13

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Department of Materials Science &
Engineering


Module

Description 201
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Module Code:

MAT2320

Module Title:

Introduction to
Microstructure and Thermodynamics of
Materials



Module Convenor:

Professor W M
Rainforth

Module Links:



Credits:

20

Semester:

2



Pre
-
requisites:


MAT2110, MAT2210

Co
-
requisites:



Brief Description (including aims of the course):

This course will consider the thermodynamics of materials, emphasising the free
energies of mixtures and solutions and their relation to phase diagrams,
particularly
eutectics. It will then consider how the microstructure of a range of materials
(including metals and metallic alloys, ceramics and selected polymers) and thus their
mechanical, physical and chemical properties are influenced by composition an
d
phase constitution and by mechanical processing and/or heat treatment.
Characterisation methods such as SEM, TEM and optical microscopy will be
introduced, including discussions of specimen preparation and interpretation of
images.


This unit aims to int
roduce students to the importance of microstructures in the
understanding of materials properties and processes. The thermodynamics of phase
diagrams will be considered as background, and methods of characterisation of
microstructures introduced.

Cours
e Objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be able to:



Demonstrate understanding of the basic features of thermodynamic principles
and importance of binary phase diagrams;



Understand the basic features of microstructures
and their links to properties of
materials and the processing methods used to produce them;



Understand the principles that lie behind and relevance of characterisation
methods such as SEM, TEM and optical microscopy.

Assessment:

Exam:

80%



Practicals:

20%




Booklist (A) Core Test; (B) Secondary Text; (C) Peripheral Reading:

To be advised.