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Physical metallurgy (4 points)
Synopsis: Precipitation in Al-based and Ni-based alloys. Nucleation, metastable phases, interface structures. Kinetics. Reversion, precipitate free zones, precipitate distributions. Microstructure control and multi-stage heat treatments. Thermal stability of precipitate systems. Particle coarsening. Martensite: principles and crystallography. Decomposition of austenite. Order/disorder transformations. Microstructural engineering of steels by heat treatment: grain size control, hardenability, TTT and CCT diagrams. Alloy steels; quenching and tempering. Modelling microstructural evolution during heat treatment of non-ferrous alloys and during thermomechanical processing.
Assessment: Examinations: 60% + Assignments: 20% + Laboratory work: 20%
Contact Hours: Two lectures per week plus tutorials
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