University of Virginia, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MSE 3050: Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
Spring 2018, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 - 10:45 am
Mechanical Engineering Building 341
animated gif file Instructor: Leonid V. Zhigilei
Office: Wilsdorf Hall 303D
Office Hours: 11:00 am to noon Wednesday & open
Telephone: (434) 243 3582

Teaching Assistant: Keithen Orson
Location: MEC 346 conference room on Feb 12th and WDF 200 on all the remaining Mondays.
Office Hours: 3:00 - 4:00 pm Monday
E-mail: e-mail

Class e-mail: e-mail

Grading: Homework 30%; Mid-Term Exams 30%; Final 40%

Homework assignments will appear here as the course progresses
Homework #1 was due Thursday, February 1
Homework #2 was due Thursday, February 15
Homework #3 was due Tuesday, February 27
Mid-Term Exam #1 - Thursday, March 1
Homework #4 was due Tuesday, April 3
Homework #5 was due Tuesday, April 10
Mid-Term Exam #2 - Tuesday, April 17
Computer Laboratory (Homework #6) was due Tuesday, April 24
Homework #7 is due Tuesday, May 1
Review Session - Wednesday, May 2, 9:00-10:30 am, Mechanical Engineering Building 341
Final Exam - Thursday, May 3, 2-5 pm, Mechanical Engineering Building 341

Abstract: In this course we start from a brief review of classical thermodynamics necessary for understanding of phase diagrams. We will then apply the thermodynamic concepts to the analysis of phase equilibria and phase transformations in one-component and multi-component systems. We will learn how to read and analyze phase diagrams of real materials and how to construct phase diagrams from thermodynamic data. In the last part of the course we will consider the basic concepts of kinetic phenomena in materials. Most kinetic phenomena in condensed matter involve diffusion and we will focus on the mechanisms of diffusion in materials as well as on the analytical and numerical methods to describe diffusion. By the end of the course we will see how the interplay of thermodynamic driving forces and kinetics of mass transfer is defining the formation of complex microstructure of real materials.

Main (optional) textbooks:
D. A. Porter and K. E. Easterling, Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, 2nd edition, Chapman & Hall, London, UK, 1992 (TN690 .P597 - placed on reserve circulate, Science and Engineering Library). This textbook (2nd edition) was reprinted by CRC Press in 2003; 3rd edition was published by CRC Press in 2009.

D. R. Gaskell, Introduction to the Thermodynamics of Materials, 4th edition, New York: Taylor & Francis, 2003 (TN673 .G33 2003 - placed on reserve circulate, Science and Engineering Library).

In the first part of this course, when we review the fundamentals of thermodynamics, it would be useful for you to read sections of Gaskell's book suggested in the lecture notes. You may also want to look for more compact and sometimes more clear explanations given in Porter and Easterling. Please keep in mind that notation varies from textbook to textbook; nevertheless, looking into different textbooks may help to clarify complicated topics and provide additional examples.

Kinetics is not covered in Gaskell. In the second part of the course the main source of material will come from the lecture notes and from Porter and Easterling.

Lecture notes: will appear at this Web page as course progresses.

Syllabus in pdf

Topics that are covered include:

Introduction     Notes
Short review of mathematical methods in thermodynamics by S. M. Blinder

Review of classical thermodynamics

Phase Transitions and Phase Diagrams
Kinetics      Notes on kinetics and mechanisms of diffusion     Computational Materials Group     Materials Science & Engineering