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Content and learning outcomes
Mechanisms for generation of point defects
Hardening, swelling and embrittlement
Molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and rate theory simulations
Intended learning outcomes
After having completed the course, the student should be able to
- Explain and quantify how various types of radiation spectra generate point defects in a crystal, and explain how these give raise to various types of damage; hardening, swelling and embrittlement.
- Apply statistical mechanics and kinetic theory in order to predict equilibrium properties and diffusion rates of point defects or components in an alloy.
- Based on a scientific problem carry out a computer experiment, e.g., atomistic simulations or rate-theory simulations, describing various aspects of structure or kinetics of crystal defects, and analyze the results.
- Interpret some important types of experiments targeting the properties of point defects, in terms of atomistic processes.
The course consists of 8x2 h lectures, incuding problem solving. It also contains two computer laborations.
Literature and preparations
Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge in solid state physics.
G.S. Was, Fundamentals of radiation materials science, Metals and Alloys, Springer 2007.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- DAT1 - Computer lab, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- DAT2 - Computer lab, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
- INL1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- SEM1 - Seminars, 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.
1. Solutions to home assignments should be handed in.
2. The solutions are discussed in an oral exam.
3. One computer lab with written report.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web FSH3501