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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus FMH3101 (Autumn 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Overview of phase transformations in solid materials, transformations of different order, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, nucleation and growth, classification of transformations, activated processes, coherence at nucleation, facetted growth, effect of structure of interfaces, mathematical background of diffusion, exact and approximate solutions, effect of pressure, surface tension and stress and strain, morphological stability, spinodal decomposition, critical size, the theory of fluctuations, the theory of Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner, effect of stress and strain, inverse roughening, phase boundary motion, solute drag, solute trapping, transition to partitionless transformations, massive transformations, martensitic transformations, higher order phase transformations.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the theories behind nucleation, growth and roughening.
  • Explain the background of effect of surfaces on growth of a new phase.
  • Explain the background of and theories of phase transformations that are controlled by the mobility of the interface.
  • Explain the theories behind partitionless and diffusionless transformations.

Course Disposition

Lectures are given by teachers from the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Each lecture includes a homework assignment that must be solved by each student. The homework is reviewed immediately before the next lecture.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Admitted to doctoral studies with knowledge in the thermodynamics and materials science.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge of thermodynamics and materials science.


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Lecture notes and distributed material.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 7,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course FMH3101 replaces the course F4H5101 Phase Transformations I, from autumn 2020

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Materials Science and Engineering