316-1,2: Microstructural Dynamics

Principles underlying development of microstructures. Defects, diffusion, phase transformations, nucleation and growth, thermal and mechanical treatment of materials. Lectures, laboratory. Prerequisite: 315 or equivalent.

316-1: Microstructural Dynamics I

At the conclusion of 316-1 students will be able to:
  1. Describe the Kirkendall effect, diffusion in ternary systems, and the importance of short-circuit diffusion.
  2. Describe the structure of various types of interfaces and the effects these structures have on interfacial energy.
  3. Apply concepts of mathematics and physics to imperfections, diffusion and phase transformations.
  4. Use basic concepts of dislocation theory: topology and energetics of dislocations in crystalline materials.
  5. Exhibit a good understanding of dislocations as related to their type (edge, screw, mixed), stress fields, energies, geometry (bowing, kinks, jogs) and interaction.
  6. Correlate dislocation motion to plastic flow.
  7. Describe how the grain size of a material can be controlled by mechanical and thermal processing of materials
  8. Demonstrate laboratory skills in structural and thermal processing of materials.