2020 Introduction to Metallurgy

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Kobayashi Equo  Ueda Mitsutoshi  Sannomiya Takumi 
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Tue7-8(S8-101)  Fri7-8(S8-101)  
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Course description and aims

This is an introductory course in metallurgy covering chemical, mechanical, physical properties of metallic materials. Firstly, we will learn basics of material processing, such as phase diagrams and chemistry of metals. We also learn theory of dislocation that governs the mechanical properties of metals. Further, we gain insights into physical properties of metals including electric, thermal, magnetic and optical properties.
This course provides students with basic knowledge of metals, which is required to study various chemical, mechanical and physical properties. During the course, the unique properties of metallic materials will be compared with other materials for better understanding.

Student learning outcomes

Students will learn various properties of metallic materials and acquire basic knowledge of metallurgy to understand their properties.


Metallic Materials, Chemical Property, Mechanical Property, Electrical Property, Thermal Property, Magnetic Property, Optical Property, Metallurgy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class consists of lecture and exercise.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Metallic Materials Processing Metallic Materials Processing
Class 2 Gibbs' Phase Rule and Phase Diagrams of Alloys Basic thermodynamics for phase diagram
Class 3 Phase Diagram of Steel Phase diagram of Fe-C system
Class 4 Diffusion in Metals Diffusion in metals
Class 5 Environmental Degradation of Metals (Corrosion and Oxidation) Corrosion and oxidation of metals
Class 6 Various Materials Various materials
Class 7 Crystallography of Metals Crystallography of metals
Class 8 Defect and Dislocation in Crystal Defect and dislocation in metals
Class 9 Deformation and Strength (Mechanical Properties) Mechanical properties of metals
Class 10 Durability and Reliability Durability and reliability of metals
Class 11 Physics of Crystals Physics of crystals
Class 12 Electric Property Electric properties of metals
Class 13 Optical Property Optical properties of metals
Class 14 Magnetic Property Magnetic properties of metals


None specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Slides and handout in each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of basic metallurgy and understanding of various properties of metallic materials will be assessed.
Exercise in class (30%) and Final exam. (70%)

Related courses

  • MAT.A203 : Quantum Mechanics of Materials
  • MAT.A204 : Thermodynamics of Materials

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have basic understanding/knowledge of thermodynamics, materials mechanics, and quantum dynamics.

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