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Metallurgical Phase Transformations


Introduction: Types, driving force and kinetics of phase transformation in metals and alloys

Diffusional phase transformations:

  • Nucleation reactions, different types of interfaces, growth mechanisms, transformation kinetics
  • alpha to gamma transformation; Eutectoid transformations; Precipitation in age hardening alloys; Spinodal transformation; Massive transformnation, Ordering transformation

Diffusionless phase transformations:

  • Characteristics and crystallography
  • Nuclation and growth mechanisms
  • Shape memory effect



  • J. W. Christian; The Theory of Transformations in Metals and Alloys, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 3rd edition, 2002.
  • D.A. Porter, K.E. Easterling, M. Sherif; Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, CRC Press, 3rd edition, 2009.
  • R. Abbaschian, R.E. Reed-Hill; Physical Metallurgy Principles, Cengage Learning, 4th edition, 2010.

Physical Properties of Materials I & II

Grading Policy: 

Homeworks (10%)

Course Project and Seminar (20%)

Final exam (70%)


Saturdays 10:00-12:00

Winter 2013

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