Materials Engineering Fundamentals


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Learning Objective:

Understand the fundamental basis for materials phenomena in terms of the hierarchy of structures (e.g., atomic, molecular, crystal, grain) and their relations to properties responses and processing. Develop a foundation for advanced studies in materials engineering and related fields.


Fundamental relationships between the internal structure, properties and processing in all classes of engineering materials. Comprehensive coverage spanning physical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, magnetic, and optical responses. The course is intended for materials researchers from all backgrounds, as well as engineers working in product design, development and manufacturing who seek a deeper understanding of the full spectrum of engineering materials. MSE697 F17 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

1. Bonding and crystal structure
2. Non-crystalline and molecular structure
3. Intrinsic properties
4. Microstructure and microstructure dependent properties
5. Phase equilibrium and phase diagrams
6. Kinetics and phase transformations
7. Reactivity and chemical properties
8. Thermal properties
9. Mechanical properties (elastic)
10. Mechanical properties (plastic and time-dependent)
11. Electronic structure and properties
12. Electronic transport properties
13. Dielectric properties
14. Magnetic properties
15. Optical properties


Graduate standing.

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Syllabus, Homework assignments and solutions.
Blackboard is available to registered students only and will open just before the start of the semester.


Weekly assignments, but not graded. Students will be assigned to prepare and present solutions to selected problems once or twice during the semester.




Three written midterm exams (20% each) approximately monthly and a written comprehensive final exam (40%).


The required text is: Materials Science and Engineering, An Introduction, 8th edition, by William D. Callister Jr. ISBN: 9780470419977

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