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Before choosing course

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MH2030 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Review of basic thermodynamic relations for unary and multicomponent systems. Modeling of substitutional/interstitial solutions, carbides, oxides and intermetallics. Fick’s first and second law. Analytical and numerical methods to solve diffusion problems. Calculation of phase equilibria and phase diagrams. Driving force for diffusion, thermodynamic factor and mobility. Diffusion controlled transformations. Sharp-interface methods and phase-field methods. Technical applications.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student shall know how to:

  • use multicomponent phase diagrams
  • solve diffusion problems analytically and numerically
  • discuss various thermodynamic and kinetic models
  • use simulation tools to calculate phase equilibria, phase diagrams and to solve diffusion problems
  • identify material engineering problems that may be solved by application thermodynamics and diffusion kinetics and suggest a suitable approach to solve the problem.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH2027 Micro and Nano Structures in Materials, 6 credits.

Recommended prerequisites

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M. Hillert: Phase Equilibria, Phase diagrams, Phase transformations – their thermodynamic basis, Cambridge University press 1998, Materials handed out.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Assignments, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Home assignments (INL1; 3 cr)
Written exam (TEN1; 3 cr)

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

Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Associated professor Malin Selleby,