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 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 5308 (3 Credits) Plasticity of Solids
Basic concepts of dislocations and other defects; the 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 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 microscopes, x-ray topography, and XPS. Electron probes: SEM, TEM, EDX, EELS, AES. Atom and ion probes: RBS, SIMS, FIM, PIXE. Scanned probe microscopies.

 

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 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 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.
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