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FMH3305 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FMH3305 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Thermodynamics for phase transformations.
  • Phase equilibria and phase diagrams (unary, binary and higher order systems).
  • Gibbs energy and driving force.
  • Modelling of solid substitutional and interstitial solutions, carbides, oxides and intermetallic phases.
  • Modelling of metallic liquids and slags.
  • Reference states and change of reference states and change of components.
  • Driving force for diffusion, thermodynamic factor and mobility.
  • Analytical and numerical methods for solving thermodynamic and kinetic problems.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain basic concepts in thermodynamic modeling.
  • Use thermodynamic relationships for solution phases (solid phases, liquids and gas phase).
  • Model these phases with simpler models and with the sublattice formalism (Compound Energy Formalism).
  • Illustrate the relationship between thermodynamic relations, Gibbs energy and phase diagrams.
  • Perform analytical and numerical calculations of thermodynamic problems.
  • Explain the basics of diffusion in binary and multicomponent systems.
  • Perform analytical and numerical calculations of diffusion-controlled phase transformations.
  • Combine thermodynamics and kinetics in problem solving.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic thermodynamics of alloys, phase diagrams
Admitted to PhD studies

Recommended prerequisites

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Computerized Thermodynamics for Materials Scientists and Engineers, Hillert & Selleby

Compendium in kinetics

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INLA - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INLB - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INLC - Assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial exam, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON2 - Partial exam, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 2.0 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