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MH2040 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 1 6.0 credits

The overall aim of the course is to extend the knowledge gained in the basic courses in thermodynamics and kinetics for materials science. This knowledge will be applied to materials science and process metallurgical problems in this and coming courses.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2040 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Gibbs energy and driving force

Modelling of solid substitutional/interstitial solutions, carbides, oxides and intermetallics

Modelling of liquid solutions, molten metals and slags

Phase equilibria and phase diagrams

State of reference and transformation between states of reference and components

Driving force for diffusion and reactions, thermodynamic factor and mobility

Analytical and numerical methods to solve thermodynamic and kinetic problems

Order of reactions, rate constants, overall reaction rate

Parallel and series reactions in heterogeneous systems

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be abel to:

  • thermodynamics for solutions phases (solid, liquid and gas)
  • driving force and dissipation of Gibbs energy
  • conservation laws for diffusion, energy and mass
  • diffusion and heat transfer
  • homogeneous reactions
  • heterogeneous reactions

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH1010 Basic thermodynamics
MH1018 Transport phenomena
or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of basic theories for phase transformations and the thermodynamic bases for and application of binary and ternary phase diagrams, corresponding to that given in the course MH2038 Micro and Nanostructures 6.0 credits.


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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, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignments, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial exam, - hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • KON2 - Partial exam, - hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 2,0 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.

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

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 MH2040

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MH2048 Advanced Course in Materials Design


Professor Malin Selleby,