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MSE 505 Modeling and Simulation of Materials Processing

Sem. 1. Class 3, cr.3 (Offered alternate years). Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing in engineering or science. MSE 340 or ME 315 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

MSE 505 is an elective course.

Weekly Schedule:  Three 50-minute lectures.

Modeling of various materials processes using finite volume techniques, with an introduction to finite difference and finite element methods. Simulation of microstructural evolution using cellular automata. Links between microscopic and macroscopic modeling. Approximate modeling, uncertainty analysis, and sensitivity analysis as aids to numerical simulation. Limitations on numerical modeling in practical problems. Project work drawn from current problems in materials processing.Offered in alternate years.

Relation of Course to Program Outcomes
1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to problems in materials engineering.
5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems, particularly in the context of materials selection and design.
7. an ability to exhibit effective oral and written communication skills.
11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and experimental, computational and data analysis tools necessary for materials engineering practice.

• Introduce basic techniques of finite volume and finite element methods, with applications to materials processing.
• Demonstrate methods of microscopic modeling (e.g., dendritic growth, recrystallization, grain growth), with links to macroscopic process models. Provide an understanding of the purposes, advantages, and limitations of process modeling.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to:
• understand the methods by which physical models are solved through numerical means, including discretization methods for differential equations, solution of systems of algebraic equations, cellular automata
• apply the numerical techniques to a variety of materials processes, including solidification, heat treatment, grain growth and recrystallization
• evaluate the accuracy of numerical modeling and the impact of property data uncertainty through sensitivity analysis
• be able to evaluate the capabilities and limitations of commercial software

"Metal Forming and the Finite-Element Method," S. Kobayashi, S.I. Oh, and T. Altan, Oxford University Press, 1989. "Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing," D. R. Poirier and G. H. Geiger, TMS, 1994.

Matthew Krane

Contribution of course to meeting the professional component:MSE 505 is a materials-specific technical elective course.

Prepared by: Elliott Slamovich                                                            Date: April 25th, 2007