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MH2048 Advanced Course in Materials Design 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2048 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

·         The concept of computational material design (Computational the Design of Material)

·         Principles and tools for material design, material's genome and ICME.

·         Continued studies with DICTRA for simulation of the diffusion-controlled phase transformation.

·         Introduction to TC-PRISMA for simulation of precipitation reactions.

·         Introduction to Ab initio calculations using density function theories  (DFT).

·         Introduction to the phase field method (PFM).

Intended learning outcomes

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

·         Design a material design map (system design chart) and critically discuss design strategies for a material that should satisfy certain performance requirements including essential link tools and relevant input and output.

·         Classify and compare link tools from a general multi-shell perspective and explain their integration in the ICME (Integrated Computational Material Engineering) framework and relate them to Design of Materials.

·         Use the software tools Thermo-Calc, DICTRA and TC-PRISMA to solve material design problems and describe critical parameters at a general level for ab initio and phase field simulations (PFM).

·         Present result of a project work in a written report and orally at a seminar.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH2017 Micro and Nanostructures/MH2038 Micro and Nano Structures in Materials, or the equivalent

MH2040 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 1, or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

The course SD1105 Matlab, or similar. A general understanding of MATLAB as a programming language


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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


  • NÄR1 - Attendance, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written examination, 2.0 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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Main field of study

Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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