Fundamental principles of physical metallurgy and their application to design.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesME EN 250; or instructor's consent.
 TaughtFall even years
 ProgramsContaining ME EN 558
Course Outcomes

Characterization Techniques

Describe common material characterization techniques and their strengths and limitations.

Point and Line Defects

Describe the interactions of point and line defects and their effects on mechanical properties.

Phase Diagrams

Be able to draw, describe and use phase diagrams associated with commonly used engineering materials.

Evolution of Microstructure

Describe/model the evolution of microstructure under non-steady state conditions.


Model non-steady state diffusion in solid materials and predict the difference as a function of time, temperature and species.

Thermodynamics of Nucleation

Describe the thermodynamics and prevalence of both homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation.

Isothermal Transformations

Describe the effect of nucleation and growth kinetics on isothermal transformations.

Hardening Mechanisms

Describe the theory behind the different hardening mechanisms of solid materials.