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This module considers the most important solidification and solid-state phase transformations that can occur in metallic materials and how these transformations determine microstructural evolution. The kinetics of phase transformations are discussed and procedures for controlling microstructures, and hence mechanical properties, detailed by reference to the processing of commercially significant alloys.
This module is concerned with the microscopic examination, measurement and interpretation of the microstructures of metals. This involves the development skills in the microstructural characterisation of metals and the development of sound microstructural measurement methodologies. This is then reinforced by logical reasoning based on an understanding of binary phase diagrams of the nature of the phase transformations occurring in metals and of the influence of processing on microstructure. This module also details the mathematical descriptions necessary for the solution of a variety of critical engineering problems, with an emphasis on materials processing.
This module aims to instill a detailed understanding of the mechanism of failure that can occur in service with aerospace metals, how they can be predicted through lifetime modelling, how they can be monitored and how they can be prevented by changes to material structure and processing. The module covers a wide range of content from fundamental deformation mechanisms at the atomic scale to the design and maintenance of large engineering structures.