MSE51200 - Powder Processing

Fall 2016

Days/Time: MWF / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To critically analyze particulate processing operations on both the macroscopic and microscopic level in terms of the chemistry, physics, and mechanics principles governing the behavior of collections of particles. To recognize the capabilities and limitations of powder processing relative to other types of processing for producing specific shapes (macrostructures) and controlled internal structure (microstructures). To become conversant in the research literature in particulate processing.

Processing of engineering materials from powders. Synthesis of metals, ceramics, and polymers in powder form. Characteristics of particulates. Behavior of collections of particles; surface forces, particle agglomeration and dispersion, gelation, particle packing. Consolidation of powders; mechanics of dry flow and compaction, slurry rheology, shaping processes. Densification and microstructural development; geometry, thermodynamics and kinetics of sintering, liquid-phase sintering, reaction densification, infiltration. Powder processing of composites.

Topics Covered:
Particulate production and characterization; Particle interactions; Consolidation; Densification and microstructure development.

Senior or graduate standing in engineering, science, or related disciplines.

Applied/Theory: 50/50

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Syllabus, homework assignments, and solutions.

Four to six assignments (due every 2 to 3 weeks). Some notes/handouts provided via internet. Homework may be submitted via

A paper (~10 pages) on a powder material, process, or phenomenon. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic on which the research would benefit them in their job.

One midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam.

Required--R. J. Hunter, "Introduction to Modern Colloid Science," Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBN 0198553862. Disclaimer: final textbook listings are available in April for fall and summer semesters. Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date information.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements; Math, plotting or spreadsheet software such as Mathcad, Excel or similar will be useful for some homework assignments. Homework assignments and solutions, messages, etc., will be posted to the course web site.

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Kevin P. Trumble
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
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