Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 5301 (3 Credits) Thermodynamics of Materials

Classical thermodynamics with emphasis on solutions and phase equilibria. Applications to unary and multicomponent, reacting and nonreacting, homogeneous and heterogeneous systems, including development of phase diagrams.


MSE 5303 (3 Credits) Diffusion In Solids

Laws of Diffusion for binary and multicomponent systems, as well as for single and multi-phase systems. Diffusivity measurements and prediction. Modeling of interdiffusion with regard to diffusion couples, high temperature coatings, and gas-solid reactions using equation-solving and finite-difference software.
Course Equivalent: MTGY 303
Prerequisite: MSE 5301


MSE 5305 (3 Credits) Phase Transformations in Solids

Thermodynamics, kinetics and crystallography of phase transformations. Nucleation and growth kinetics. Order-disorder, ferroelectric, and ferromagnetic transformations.


MSE 5307 (3 Credits) Solidification of Metals and Alloys

Thermodynamic and kinetic principles of solidification. Control of structure and properties of pure and multicomponent materials through casting and solidification processes. Application of solidification principles to shaped casting, continuous casting, crystal growth and particulate processes.
Prerequisite: MSE 5301

MSE 5308 (3 Credits) Plasticity of Solids

Basic concepts of dislocations and other defects; relationship between basic deformation, thermal processes, and observable macroscopic properties. Strengthening mechanisms, e.g., solid solution hardening, dispersion hardening, and work hardening.

MSE 5309 (3 Credits) Transport Phenomena in Materials Science and Engineering

Mechanisms and quantitative treatment of mass, energy, and momentum transfer will be discussed in the context of materials science and engineering applications. Increasingly complex and open-ended applications will be used to illustrate principles of fluid flow; heat conduction, radiation, and diffusion.

MSE 5310 (3 Credits) Instructor Consent Required, Modeling Materials

This course is intended to provide an overview of the theory and practices underlying modern electronic structure materials computations, primarily density functional theory (DFT). Students involved primarily/partially in materials computations, as well as those focused on experimental materials research wishing to learn about DFT techniques will benefit from this course.

MSE 5311 (3 Credits) Mechanical Properties of Materials

Mechanics of deformation and fracture; dislocation theory; strength of ductile and brittle materials; toughness; strengthening mechanisms; toughening mechanisms; creep mechanisms; fatigue crack initiation and propagation; reliability and lifetime prediction.

MSE 5313 (3 Credits) Theory of the Solid State

Modern theory of metals. Review of quantum theory, elementary wave mechanics, the free electron theory of metals, and the elementary band theory of solids. Crystallography, specific heat, dielectrics, magnetism, electrical conductivity.

MSE 5316 (3 Credits) Fracture and Fatigue of Materials

Ductile and brittle fracture, fatigue, stress corrosion, and creep rupture. Failure analysis.

MSE 5317 (3 Credits) Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Materials

Crystal structures and interatomic forces, lattice vibrations, thermal, acoustic, and optical properties. Semiconductors, dielectric properties, magnetism, and magnetic properties, superconductivity. Device applications.

MSE 5320 (3 Credits) Investigation of Special Topics

Special courses or individual readings

MSE 5322 (3 Credits) Materials Characterization

A review of the principal experimental methods used to reveal the microstructure and chemistry of materials. Diffraction techniques: x-ray, electron, neutron and proton scattering. Photon probes: photon microscopies, x-ray topography and XPS. Electron probes: SEM, TEM, EDX, EELS, AES. Atom and ion probes: RBS, SIMS, FIM, PIXE. Scanned probe microscopies.

MSE 5323 (3 Credits) Transmission Electron Microscopy

Electron beam-specimen interactions. Basics of electron microscopes. Diffraction: theory, types of patterns and interpretation. Imaging: diffraction contrast, phase contrast and other techniques. Spectrometry: x-ray microanalysis and electron energy-loss spectrometry.
Prerequisite: MSE 5322 or consent of instructor

MSE 5325 (3 Credits) Equilibrium Relationships in Multi-Phase Systems

Thermodynamics of phase equilibria and phase diagram prediction for binary, ternary and n-component systems. Interpretation of phase diagram sections and projections. Application of multicomponent phase diagrams to alloy and process design.

Prerequisite: MSE 5301
MSE 5334 (3 Credits) Structure and Defects in Materials

Structure of amorphous and vitreous materials. Crystallography: translation symmetry and lattices, point and space groups, use of the International Tables for Crystallography, examples of simple crystal structures. Defects in materials: point defects, line defects, planar defects, homophase and heterophase interfaces. Distributions of structure and defects: an introduction to microstructure.

MSE 5335 (3 Credits) High Temperature Materials

Strength-determining factors in advanced alloys, ceramics and composites. Role of material chemistry and microstructure. High temperature creep and crack growth. Oxidation. Thermomechanical behavior.

MSE 5337 (3 Credits) Materials Processing

Principles of powder preparation. Colloidal processing. Powder characterization. Consolidation and sintering of metals and ceramics. Microstructural evolution. Composites and coatings processing. Structure-property relations.

MSE 5343 (3 Credits) Corrosion

Mechanisms, characteristics and types of corrosion. Test methods and evaluation of corrosion resistance. Suitability of metals, ceramics, and organic materials in corrosive environments. Oxidation and other high temperature gas-metal reactions.

MSE 5345 (3 Credits) Theory of Electrochemical Processes

Theory and measurement of irreversible electrochemical processes at metal electrolyte interfaces. Mixed potential theory. Mass transport phenomena. Apparatus, techniques, and interpretation of experimental measurements. Applications to metallographic etching, phase extraction and electroanalytical techniques. Scientific development of corrosion-resistant alloys.

MSE 5364 (3 Credits) Advanced Composites

Mechanical properties, analysis and modeling of composite materials. The properties treated include stiffness, strength, fracture toughness, fatigue strength and creep resistance as they relate to fiber, whisker, particulate, and laminated composites.
Components: Lecture

MSE 5366 (3 Credits) Alloy Casting Processes

Principles and practices of alloy solidification and casting processes are discussed and applied in the context of sand, investment, permanent mold and die casting; continuous and direct chill casting; electroslag and vacuum arc remelting; crystal growth; rapid solidification; and laser coating.

MSE 5700 (3 Credits) Instructor Consent Required, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

A broad introduction to the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Presents basic principles of biological, medical, and material science as applied to implantable medical devices, drug delivery systems and artificial organs.
Course Equivalents: BME 5700
Not open to students who have taken BME 4710

MSE 6401 (1 Credits) Graduate Seminars in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

Presentations by invited guest speakers on topics of current interest in various areas of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. Students in this course receive a grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).
Components: Seminar