The thermodynamic basis of phase diagrams.
Binary equilbrium phase diagrams and their use in predicting alloy constitution and microstructure.
Isothermal and continuous cooling transformation diagrams and their use in predicting microstructure.
Characterisation of microstructures.
The liquid to solid transformation.
Precipitation in the solid state.
The classification of phase transformations as diffusional and displacive.
The pearlitic, bainitic and martensitic transformations.
A case study of a non-ferrous metal and its alloys.
A case study of a family of steels.
Microstructure, processing and property relationships (with an emphasis on ambient temperature strengthening mechanisms).
Point, line and planar lattice defects. Micro and macro defects.
Cold work, recovery, recrystallisation and grain growth.
The role of dislocations in strengthening mechanisms.