Courses Catalogue

Physical Metallurgy

COURSE CODE: PHY7113
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

An in-depth discussion of fundamentals of physical metallurgy and microstructure evolution

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To impart knowledge of the formation of alloys and to introduce several of the basic deformation and phase transformation mechanisms which are important for metals, with an emphasis on relating properties to structure and processing.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • familiarize the student with those terms, concepts, and definitions (i.e. jargon) used to describe the properties and processes of common engineering metals.
  • reacquaint the student with those fundamental principles of chemistry and physics which predetermine and control behavior of metals in response to external forces, whether mechanical, physical (electrical, magnetic, optical, thermal) or chemical in nature.
  • explain the relationships between material composition, structure, and properties resulting from synthesis, processing or service.
  • develop testing procedures used to characterize some of the more common physical properties for engineering metals, and how these properties should be used when specifying conditions where optimum performance without failure can be expected.
  • discuss atomistic and defect structures, and how they result in the microstructure and influence the properties of metals.
  • describe the processes occurring in metals during heating that influence the microstructure and properties.
  • describe effects of alloying of metals upon the microstructure and properties.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • discuss phase diagrams, alloys, heat treatment methods and phase transformations.
  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to materials systems.
  • apply and integrate knowledge of structure, properties, processing, and performance to solve materials selection and design problems within realistic constraints.
  • develop ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • communicate effectively in both oral and written form.