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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 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.