Year 2


MS2016 Phase Transformation and Kinetics

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours; Pre-requisites: MS1016@; Academic Unit: 3.0] 

Learning Objective

To apply the theoretical aspects of thermodynamics to solve problems related to the solid and liquid processing of materials. Principles of diffusion, solidification, phase transformation and heat transfer are used to solve engineering problems.


This course introduces theory of design in an introductory to intermediate level.

  1. Diffusion being a mechanism of atomic and molecular change is solids will be covered in greater details following the basics taught in year one
  2. Phase transformations and the kinetics of these transformations
  3. Interfacial Studies
  4. Heat Transfer

Learning Outcome

The final result is to apply the fundamentals of thermodynamics learnt in the areas of phase transformations, thermodynamics of interface and heat transfer in the field of materials processing. The principles learnt in this course will allow the students to solve practical problem in materials engineering.


  • “Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys”, Third Edition, David A Porter, Kenneth E Easterling, Mohamed Sherif, PUB Feb 2009, CRC Press 
  • “Thermodynamics of Materials Volume II” by David Ragone, MIT Series in Materials Science & Engineering, John Wiley, 1995
  • “Engineering Heat Transfer”, 2nd Edition, J R Simonson, Palgrave Macmillan, 1988

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