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MATS 322 Mechanical Properties of Materials

A junior level course that covers mechanical behavior of materials, relating laboratory test results to material structure and elements of mechanical analysis.

By the completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

1. Predict changes in the mechanical behavior of materials due to thermo-mechanical processing based on physical models.

2. Predict the effect of defects on the mechanical properties of crystalline materials.

3. Quantitatively determine standard mechanical properties from plots of stress versus strain.

4. Assess and describe the mechanisms leading to failure when provided with an example of a material failure with an unknown cause.

5. Conduct a meaningful hardness, tensile, and impact tests, and report the results in a clear and useful manner.


MATS 581 Thermodynamics Of Solids

This graduate course covers principles of thermodynamics, including thermodynamics of solutions, phase equilibria, phase diagrams and invariant reactions, and ordering in solutions. Emphasis will be placed on concepts useful for the analysis of systems of importance to materials scientist and engineers.

By the completion of this course, students are expected to:

1. Apply concepts of configurational and thermal entropy to calculate the entropy of real systems.

2. Apply thermodynamics of single component solutions to problems of defect concentrations.

3. Apply thermodynamics to understand phase changes such as solidification and allotropies in one-component systems.

4. Readily describe the concepts of ideal, regular, and non-regular solutions.

5. Apply solution models to qualitatively predict binary phase diagrams and distinguish between different types of phase diagrams.


ME 599 Principles of Transmission Electron Microscopy

This course will cover basic principles of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) including instrument components, electron optics, electron diffraction, and the origins and interpretation of image contrast. Spectroscopic techniques will be covered, but diffraction and imaging techniques will be emphasized. Coverage of experimental techniques will focus on those useful for addressing problems in materials science. Familiarity with the basic concepts of diffraction, crystallography, and electron wave functions will be assumed.

By the completion of this course, it is expected students will be able to:

1. Describe the role of the major components in a TEM column

2. Index and interpret electron diffraction patterns

3. Describe the origins of contrast in TEM images

4. Describe the most commonly used spectroscopic techniques

5. Describe the experimental strengths and limitations of TEM