About the course

The objective of this course is to develop theoretically based knowledge of phase transformations so that the student can understand, describe and discuss the basic principles and the evolution of different microstructures in solid materials.

Course content

The course covers the following:

- Thermodynamics, phases and phase diagrams
- Diffusion in solid materials
- Crystal structures and properties of grain boundaries and phase interfaces
- Nucleation and growth during solidification and solid-solid phase transformation
- Important diffusional and diffusionless phase transformations and their influence on the evolution of microstructures
- Project assignment, in groups, where a phase transformation process is studied using a given simulation tool

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Degree of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, machine engineering, physics, chemistry or a degree in a related field. All degrees must be equivalent to at least 180 higher education credits.

At least 22.5 credits of Mathematics.

The equivalent of English 6 in Swedish secondary school or equivalent


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

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