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Syllabus of the course: Elements of Material Science

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InstructorG. Kiriakidis
ProgramTuesday, 11:00-13:00, Room 3
Friday, 13:00-15:00, Room 1
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Goal of the courseThis course on Materials Science topics aims to introduce students of the Physics and other departments to the basic concepts of Materials Science with emphasis on their structure and the role of defects and doping upon their optical, electrical and mechanical characteristics. The course is suitable for 3rd and 4th year students who have attended the Condensed Mater Physics class (Φ-441) and preferable one of the electronics classes such as Φ-374.
SyllabusIntroductory remarks on: Crystal structure, systems, lattices, orientations, and planes X-ray diffraction: Bragg’s Law, Single-, poly- and amorphous materials
Lattice defects: Point and plane defects. Microstructural analysis
Diffusion: Diffusion mechanism, static and time dependent diffusion. Parameters affecting diffusion mechanisms.
Mechanical properties: Strain, stress, elastic, plastic and inelastic deformation
Methods for mechanical strengthening: The role of defects, plastic deformation, strengthening through the control of grain size, method of solid compounds.
Catastrophic Failure: Fracture, fatigue and creep. Phase Diagrams: Basic concepts, Isotropic binary systems, Isomorphous alloys, Binary Eutectic systems, Eutectoid and Peritectic reactions, the Iron-Carbon system and the development of microstructure.
Thermodynamics of surfaces: Surface energy, induced surfaces
Phase Transformations: Kinetics of solid state reactions, new phases, Precipitation hardening, multi-phase transformations, Isothermal transformation / TTT and CCT diagrams.
Corrosion: Corrosion mechanisms in metals, environmental parameters
Dedicated chapters on: Ceramic materials, Composite and polymeric materials
Bibliography“Fundumentals of Materials Science and Enginnering” W.D. Callister, 5th Edition Dziola 2005
“Physical Methods for Materials Characterization” P.E.J. Flewitt, R.K.Wild, IOP Publ. London 1994.

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