ENGRMSE 262 Grain Boundaries & Interfaces in Nanocrystalline Materials (2015-2016)

ENGRMSE 262 Grain Boundaries & Interfaces in Nanocrystalline Materials

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMSE 262 Grain Boundaries & Interfaces in Nanocrystalline Materials (Credit Units: 3) Structure and character of grain boundaries and interfaces in solids including nanocrystalline materials. Role of grain boundaries in chemical segregation, fracture, deformation, creep, conductivity, diffusion and grain growth. Experimental techniques and computational methods used to characterize and model grain boundaries. Readings based on current and published research on grain boundaries and interfaces. Prerequisite: MSE200 or consent of instructor. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0387462707.


Articles in electronic Journals from the Science Library will be primarily used.

Martha L. Mecartney
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
  • Crystallography, crystal structures, and crystal defects
Lecture Topics:
  • Surfaces
  • Interfaces in Polycrystals
  • Melting at Grain Boundaries
  • Segregation at Grain Boundaries
  • Fracture at Grain Boundaries
  • Diffusion at Grain Boundaries
  • Electrical Properties/Impedance at Grain Boundaries
  • Grain Boundaries in Nanocrystalline Materials
  • Phase Boundaries
  • Grain Growth
  • Experimental techniques to characterize grain boundaries
  • Computational techniques to model grain boundaries
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Class Presentations: 30%
  • Participation in Discussions: 30%
  • Final Term Paper: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
May 31, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Winter Qtr