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FMH3304 Computational Thermodynamics- Assessment of Thermodynamic Properties 6.0 credits

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Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FMH3304 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Thermodynamic modelling by means of the Calphad method i.e. including different experimental techniques and how the information is used, use of ab initio-information, assessment technique.

Intended learning outcomes

The course intends to give the students basic understanding of how thermodynamic properties of different phases can be evaluated and used to create consistent thermodynamic descriptions of alloy system. The course turns to doctoral students who want to get into basic thermodynamic modelling and calculations. The course covers, how different phases are modelled and which type of experimental information that can be used to fit the model parameters i.e. phase diagrams and thermochemical information such as activity, enthalpy of formation, heat capacity etc, but also ab initio calculated information.

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

  • connect crystallography to thermodynamic models
  • read relevant scientific literature and from this be able to extract experimental information for use in thermodynamic evaluations correctly and to compare with calculated results.
  • use ab initio calculated information in thermodynamic evaluations.
  • write a scientific article about evaluation of a specific alloy system.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The thermodynamics of alloys, the software Thermo-Calc classical version/consol version.

Recommended prerequisites

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Lukas, Fries, Sundman, Computational Thermodynamics - The Calphad Method, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-86811-2

Handed-out scientific articles

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 - Assignment, 6.0 credits, grading scale: 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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Malin Selleby

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ITM/Materials Science and Engineering