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MH2041 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 2 6.0 credits

The overall aim of the course is to extend and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the preceding course MH2040 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics with focus on material science and process metallurgy. Issues with industrial relevance will be addressed and difference strategies (analytical as well as numerical) how to solve such problems will be covered.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2041 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents


  • Solution thermodynamics
  • Multicomponent phase diagrams, kinetics for materials processes
  • Applications in materials engineering, e.g.
  • Ironmaking, sulfide roasting and smelting, iron and steel refining, silicon refining
  • Solid phase transformations and equilibria in metals and alloys

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student will be able to:

  • Read and interpret ternary, quaternary, and quinary phase diagrams of alloys and oxide systems
  • Apply ternary lever rule, liquidus projections, and iso-activity diagrams
  • Apply phase diagrams in selection of refractories for liquid slags
  • Perform equilibrium calculations in reduction of metal oxides and sulfides, gas solubility in metallic melts, solute distributions in slag-metal systems, and in modification of non-metallic inclusions

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of chemical thermodynamics and phase equilibria in binary systems, corresponding to the courses MH2029 Process Metallurgy or MH2039 Process Engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

MH1029 Sustainable Process Technology (BSc students from KTH)


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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 - Hand in assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 5.0 credits, grading scale: 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

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Course web MH2041

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MH2049 Advanced Course in Process Science


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