Kinetics of Materials (MAT 206)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Materials Sci.& Nano Eng.(MAT)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Alp Yürüm,
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ENS205 ENS202
Interactive lecture,Recitation
Communicative,Discussion based learning
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Kinetics in materials engineering involves how a system approaches equilibrium, i.e. microstructural evolution: diffusion equation, diffusion in the atomic level, diffusion in crystals and and noncrystalline materials, surface and interface structure and formation, motion of dislocations, phase transformations?diffusional, such as nucleation and growth for solidification, and diffusionless, such as martensitic? and crystallization, reaction/mixture kinetics.


Course motivation: Material systems evolve due to reactions or transformations. While thermodynamics tell us what the final state should be, kinetics tells us if and how the system will reach its final state. The details for how quickly or in what manner the system evolves would guide you determining the processing of a material. Such information would also help you predict if the performance of your material would be stable during its operational lifetime. This course will prepare you for being an effective materials engineer or scientist, independent of your specialization.


Be able to describe atomistic models of diffusion, their practical validation, and their use in applied studies

Be able to build models of evolving surfaces and interfaces in the context of thermodynamic descriptions
Be able to model microstructural evolution during solidification
Be able to describe the model of nucleation and growth for homogeneous and heterogeneous systems
Be able to describe models for diffusionless transformation and apply these models in practical application
Be able to apply thermodynamic principles to describe microstructural evolution in models of simple systems and in real application
Be able to apply equilibrium phase diagrams to analyze complex processes in materials evolution and model departure from equilibrium conditions.


  Percentage (%)
Group Project 50
Other 50



The following textbooks provide supplemental information for the lecture material:
a. Thermodynamics of Materials, Vol. 2, by David V. Ragone
b. Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, by D.A. Porter & K.E. Easterling