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MSC3121 - Microstructural design in structural materials

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Professor Jian-Feng Nie


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


Phase transformations - precipitation and precipitation hardening, spinodal decomposition, displacive transformations, ordering; and structure and properties of ceramics.


Students will develop a thorough understanding of the characteristics and mechanisms of solid-state phase transformations in and their impacts on the performance of engineering alloys; an understanding of the role of dislocations in determining the mechanical properties of metals and alloys; in depth understanding of strengthening mechanisms in metals and alloys; a knowledge of basic principles of microstructural design.


Three written assignments: 30%
Four laboratory classes: 20%
One three-hour exam: 50%

Contact hours

2.5 lectures/tutorials plus 2.5 hours laboratory per week




MSC3021, MTE3502

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