CBEMS 165 Materials Kinetics and Phase Transformations (2016-2017)

CBEMS 165 Materials Kinetics and Phase Transformations

(Required for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 165 Materials Kinetics and Phase Transformations (Credit Units: 3) Treatment of the kinetics of solid-state reactions and reactions at interfaces. Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations, including solidification processes, diffusional and diffusionless phase transformations. Prerequisite: ENGR 54 and (ENGRMAE 91 or CBEMS 45C or CBEMS 65B with a grade of C- or better). Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-1420062106 .

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471308867.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471246893.

Frank G. Shi
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Identify, formulate, and solve materials science and engineering problems using experimental, statistical and computational techniques, and modern tools for essential for engineering practice.

2. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, regarding scientific and engineering principles included in topics related to solid state reactions and phase transformations.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of crystallography and structural/mechanical properties of materials.
  • Understanding of basic thermodynamics
Lecture Topics:
  • Review of Thermodynamics and Basic Concepts
  • Manipulation of Thermodynamic Quantities
  • Thermodynamics of Variable Composition
  • Equilibrium, Driving Force and Stability
  • Gibbs Energy Diagrams and Phase Equilibria
  • Phase Boundaries
  • Diffusional and Diffusionless Transformation
  • Stability Limits, Critical Phenomena and Interfaces
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students are requested to use basic computer skills to solve short design problems.

Laboratory Projects:

Mathematica or Matlab

Professional Component

This coursed is designed to teach student about phase stability, solidification, diffusion and how this is related to materials fabrication and current materials research. Students in this class are expected to develop excellent scientific literature research skills by the end of the quarter. The students are also encouraged to learn to use the program Endnote, and to use it in their literature searching for the project paper. Part of this class will utilize problem based learning approaches, where a set of problems are assigned to groups of students who must work together cooperatively to solve problems.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Short Design Problem: 10%
  • Homework Sets: 20%
  • Report: 15%
  • Exam #1: 25%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Class Attendance and Participation: 10%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 9, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 9, 2016
Approved Effective:
2016 Fall Qtr