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      Your specialise may be further enhanced through your selection of twp option modules, and your final dissertation

Master Programme in Steels and Alloys

Semester 1
Compulsory Courses
  • Surface Engineering
  • Solid State Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Designing Structure and Properties of Materials
  • Analytical Electron Microscopy
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Computer-Aided Materials Selection/Computer-Aided Materials Design (CAMS/CAMD)
  • Data Bases in Materials Engineering
  • Production, Service and Staff Management

Semester 2
  • Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys
  • Properties of Engineering Materials
  • Computer Networks in Materials Science
  • Steels and Advanced Alloys
  • Special Alloys
  • Tool Materials
  • Logistics in Materials Production
  • Elective Course

Semester 3
  • Numerical Modeling of Heat-Treatment
  • Metrology and Advanced Data Processing
  • Elective Course
  • Master Thesis

Master Programme in Surface Engineering

Semester 1
Compulsory Courses
  • Surface Engineering
  • Solid State Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Designing Structure and Properties of Analytical Electron Microscopy
  • Statistical Quality Control
  • Computer-Aided Materials Selection/Computer-Aided Materials Design (CAMS/CAMD)
  • Data Bases in Materials Engineering
  • Production, Service and Staff Management

Semester 2
  • Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys
  • Diffusion in Materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Properties of Engineering Materials
  • Computer Networks in Materials Science
  • Computer Simulation of Growth Surface Layers and Coatings
  • Steels and Advanced Alloys
  • Elective Course

Semester 3
  • Welding Techniques in Surface Engineering
  • Methods of Surface Layers Analysis
  • Elective Course
  • Master Thesis

PHASE TRANSFORMMATION IN METALS AND ALLOYS
      The aim of the subject is to give students general knowledge about kinetics of phase transformations. The lecture begins with brief discussion of main factors determining the rate of transformation. Concepts such as driving force, activation energy and atom flux across the interfaces are than introduced. The overall rate equation (Johnson-Mehl equation) is derived and its basic properties are briefly discussed. Further classical theory of homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation is characterized. The second part of the lecture covers specific types of transformations: solidification of pure metals, solid solutions and eutectics, diffusional transformations in solids such as precipitation of ferrite from austenite, pearlite reaction in Fe-C alloys, spinodal decomposition and precipitation in age -hardening alloys. Finally massive transformations and martensitic transformations are discussed.

SURFACE ENGINEERING
      The lecture is dedicated to the students specializing in surface engineering and also other material science students. The aim of the lecture is presentation for the students the philosophy of surface engineering, its general applications and requirements. The course programme includes the following subjects: integrating coating systems into the design process. Modern coating manufacturing processes: electro deposition, flame spraying, plasma spray, PVD, CVD, laser ablation, paint and polymer coatings, coatings for corrosion and wear protection, coating systems for gas turbines. New coating concepts including multi-layer structures, functionally gradient coatings, intermetallic diffusive barrier coatings and thermal barrier coatings. Surface engineering as part of a manufacturing and repairing processes. To follow the course the knowledge of physics, chemistry, physical chemistry and material science, as well as the course of technologies of surface engineering is required.

ENGINEERING MATERIAL PROPERTIES
      Different proprieties, mostly physical are analyzed. The special attention is turned on new and modern materials such as nanomaterials, functional materials, gradient materials, carbon materials and superhardness materials. The criteria of the selection of materials to a specific user are carefully analyzed.

ENGINEERING MATERIAL PROPERTIES
      Different proprieties, mostly physical were analyzed. The special attention was turned on modern materials: nanomaterials, functional materials, gradient materials, carbon materials and superhardness materials. The criteria of the selection of materials to suitable uses were also analyzed.

THERMODYNAMICS OF MATERIALAS
      The aim of the subject is to give students basic knowledge about thermodynamics of solid state. The lecture begins with brief account of the fundamental thermodynamics concepts such as internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and free energy function. Than basic properties of state functions are shortly discussed. Further entropy of mixing is introduced, quasichemical theory of solid solutions and the effect of heat of mixing on shape of the free energy function is presented. As a result students are able to acquire deep knowledge in construction of phase diagrams using free energy curves. Finally, concept of surface free energy is introduced and its effect on the equilibrium state is considered

DESIGN OF MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
      The lecture is preparing students for practical utilization of knowledge from the range of Materials Science in designing engineering materials. The proposed subject matter includes a review of the most popular designing materials, examination of phenomena accompanying material exploitation as well as mutual interaction between microstructure of materials, their properties and working conditions. The designing part of the subject enables preparation a student for individual, methodical procedures in solving engineering problems as well as designing microstructures and mechanical properties of materials, to assure the required mechanical and working properties of a final product.

ANALYTICAL ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
      Theoretical fundamentals of electron microscopy and diffraction of waves. Examples of application of analytical electron microscopy in micro- and nano-structure investigation. Electron scattering in the specimen, application of scanning electron microscopy to materials' analyses, and fractography are presented. The spectroscopic microanalysis methods. Basics of high resolution electron microscopy. Image analysis. Diffraction of neutrons. The use of synchrotron radiation in materials science. Investigation of materials surface in a nanoscale.

STATISTICAL QUALITY CONTROL
      Quality of product and quality of products population. Defectiveness (fraction defective). Statistical quality control (SQC). Inference schema in SQC. Industrial SQC. Probability. Random variable. Probability distributions in SQC. Functions of random variables. Selected theorems related to the normal distribution. Inferential statistics. Testing of statistical hypothesis. Statistical control of defectiveness; models. Industrial SQC. Control Charts. Acceptance sampling.

COMPUTER-AIDED MATERIALS SELECTION/COMPUTER-AIDED MATERIALS DESIGN
      Overview of computer aided material selection systems. Computer aided steel selection software. Applications of CASS software - steel selection for a particular application or steel having the required properties. Selection of steel equivalents for steel grades from other countries. Computer aided material design - examples of computer aided steel design software. Designing of chemical composition of steel with required microstructure and mechanical properties after continuous cooling from the astenitizing temperature. Principles of artificial neural networks, net architecture, learning, validating and testing patterns. Application of artificial neural networks to forecasting the CCT diagrams and mechanical properties of tempered steel.

DATABASE SYSTEM IN MATERIALS ENGINEERING
      The development of database applications requires understanding of the fundamentals of database management systems and techniques for the design of databases and principles of database administration. Course description. Data models: hierarchical, relational, object-oriented. Relational database concepts. Database management system. SQL language. MS Access - database objects. MS Access - creating new and using existing databases. Database systems in materials engineering.

COMPUTER NETWORKS IN MATERIAL SCIENCE
      The scope covers the base of computer networks, basics of data transmissions and telecommunications technologies, TCP/IPv4 and v6, RPC, naming services, network file systems. Security of data transmission and virtual private networks.

PRODUCTION, SERVICE AND STAFF MANAGEMENT
      Subject include basic problems of production, service and staff management in industrial enterprise. At beginning of the course the environmental conditions of enterprise are presented. The next part of the course is devoted to sphere of staff management. During lectures will discuss problems connected with human factor, motivation and conflicts.

STEELS AND ADVANCED ALLOYS
      The aim of this lecture is to give the students basic information about the special alloys that is: corrosion resistant, heat-proof and heat-proof-stress steels and alloys, alloys and steels of special magnetic properties, steels and alloys of special coefficient of elongation, bio-alloys, metallic glass, precious metals and alloys of shape memory.

NUMERICAL MODELLING OF HEAT TREATMENT PROCESSES
      The aim of subject is studying the application of computer in calculation of selected problems in heat treatment of metals: application the solutions of Fourier equation to calculate the rate of heating and cooling; calculation of thermal stresses; analysis of austenite grain growth and the effect of second phase particles; calculations of hardenability and temperability of steel; predicting the mechanical properties of heat treated steel.

TOOL MATERIALS
      The aim of this lecture is to give the students basic information about the tool materials in materials engineering. The lecture contain basic information on tool steels that is: non alloys and alloys cold working tool steels, hot working tool steel and high speed steels. The lecture contain modern tool materials, between than sintered carbides, sintered ceramics materials, ceramics-carbides materials and super hard tool materials.

LOGISTICS OF MATERIALS PRODUCTION
      The subject is designed for students of Materials Science and Engineering from specialities Steels and Special Alloys Engineering and Quality Engineering. The program of lectures and exercises includes the basic knowledge concerning logistics of materials production, including first of all flow and circulation of materials and semi-products, as well as designing of logistics systems in selected metallurgical plants.

METROLOGY AND DATA ANALYSIS
      Measurement theory. Measurement errors. Gaussian theory of random errors. Analysis of measurement results. Direct measurements of the same or different precision. Indirect measurements for linear models; parabolic model and Gauss- Markov model. Nonlinear models. Analysis of statistical data sets (multiple linear regression).

DIFFUSION IN MATERIALS
      The lecture is dedicated to the students specializing in the material science. The following subjects are included in the course programme: diffusion and drift; Fick's laws; solutions of Fick's second law; atomic theory of diffusion; diffusion mechanisms and correlation effects; self diffusion; solute diffusion in pure materials; diffusion in alloys; grain boundary diffusion; surface diffusion; role of dislocations in diffusion; effect of temperature gradient on diffusion; phenomenological theory of diffusion; diffusion in ionic materials; diffusion in semiconductors; electromigration; thermomigration; techniques for the study of diffusion; diffusion-controlled processes. To follow the course the knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, material science, and heat transport should be necessary.

NANOMATERIALS
      Following subjects are discussed: definition of nanomaterials; nanofabrication techniques: Mechanical Alloying MA, High-Energy Ball Milling HEBM, Reactive Milling RM, Hydrogenation-Disproportionation-Desorption-Recombination HDDR, Melt Quenching MQ, Physical Vapor Deposition PVD, Chemical Vapor Deposition CVD, Pulsed Laser Deposition PLD, Sol-Gel, ion implanted, ECAE, ECAP, HTP, CCDC; consolidate techniques of nanopowder; influence of the process parameters for the microstructure and properties of the nanomaterials, characteristic of the research technique the nanomaterials; application of ceramic nanomaterials, metallic nanomaterials, polymer nanomaterials and nano composites.

COMPUTER SIMULATION OF GROWTH SURFACE LAYERS AND COATINGS
      The aim of the course is to present application of numerical methods for simulation of surface treatment. The lecture comprises theoretical background of numerical methods, solution of partial differential equation by finite difference and element methods. The lecture will also cover the following: numerical solution of diffusion equation in multiphase materials, diffusion in multicomponent system, modelling of CVD and PVD processes, mathematical model of carburizing and nitriding, predicting of elements concentration in implantated materials and methods of figure out of temperature field in laser treated materials. Tutorials will be devoted to creating computer software that enables simulation of processes covered during the lecture.

WELDING TECHNIQUES IN SURFACE ENGINEERING
      The lecture is meant for students interested in cladding and thermal spraying processes. This lecture permits to know the cladding and spraying techniques, to know the materials applied for clad surface layers and theirs properties. In the first part of lectures the wear processes of the machines parts and tools are briefly presented. The knowledge of these processes permits to suitable choice of the materials and cladding or spraying techniques. This is followed by a presentation of detailed characterisation of the cladding methods, the cladding parameters influence on the structure and properties obtained clad layers. The examples of practical application of cladding are presented in the lecture also.

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES OF SURFACE LAYERS
      The lecture presents the basic methods and techniques used in characterizing of the structure, analyzing the chemical and phase composition, examining physical and mechanical properties of surface layers. During practical exercises students will become familiar with the sample preparation, the construction and operation of the research equipment. They will develop their ability to analyze and interpret the results of the experiments.

      There will be 30 hours of timetabled contact time per week in the School of Materials Science and Engineering throughout the winter and summer semesters. This contact time should be supplemented by about 15-18 hours of independent work per week, using the self-access facilities in the Faculty.