MSE 597S

Steel: Processing and Properties


Sem. 1. Class 3, cr. 3. (offered in alternate years). Prerequisite: senior or graduate standing in engineering or science.

MSE 597S is an elective course.

Weekly Schedule: Three 50-minute lectures.

The course will consider the processing of iron and steel from concentrated ore to semi-finished product.  The basic principles of smelting ore in the blast furnace, converting hot metal to steel in the basic oxygen process or electric furnace and ladle treatment before continuous casting will be examined.  The basic principles of plastic deformation and heat treatment will be applied to consideration of the microstructure, and hence on properties.  Physical and mechanical properties will be considered. A selection of specialty steels, such as austenitic stainless steel, tool steel will be examined.

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.

To understand the influence of composition and heat treatment on the microstructure of steels and to understand the influence of microstructure on the properties, and hence the applications of steels.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course the student is expected to:
•   to provide the background on the processing and microstructure modifications that influence the performance of steels used for structural applications in the automobile and other industries.

David Gaskell, Keith Bowman and Kevin Trumble

Contribution of course to meeting the professional component:MSE 597S is a materials-specific technical elective course.

Prepared by: Elliott Slamovich                                                            Date: April 26th, 2007