MSE 536 Solidification Processing

Sem. 1. Class 3, cr. 3. (offered in alternate years). Prerequisite:

MSE 536 is an elective course.

Weekly Schedule: Three 50-minute lectures.

A study of solidification of metal in molds involving the characteristics of liquid-solid phase transformations, sand and metal thermal behavior, macroscopic structures, mechanical properties, and casting defects. 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.


To analyze solidification processing of engineering materials in terms of the phase equilibria, transport, and interface phenomena governing microstructure development in liquid-solid transformations.

To apply these principles to industrial solidification processes, with emphasis on microstructural capabilities and limitations.

Course Objectives
The students will be able to analyze and understand the
1. heat flow in different casting processes and alloy effects.
2. thermodynamics of solid-liquid phase change and effects of pressure, capillarity, and chemistry
3. kinetics of solidification including crystal nucleation, growth, and glass transition temperature
4. microstructural development during processing and the causes for morphological instability and dendritic growth.

  • Students will recognize effective gating and risering practice in metal casting and should be able to predict the microstructure and casting defects given an alloy and process.
  • Students will become familiar with the current solidification science and practices within the archival literature.

Kevin Trumble and David Johnson

Contribution of course to meeting the professional component:  MSE 536 is a materials-specific technical elective course.

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