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MH2052 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics 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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For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2052 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Thermodynamics for phase transformations.
  • Phase equilibria and phase diagrams (unary, binary and higher order systems).
  • Gibbs energy and driving force.
  • Modelling of solid substitutional and interstitial solutions, carbides, oxides and intermetallic phases.
  • Modelling of metallic liquids and slags.
  • Reference states and change of reference states and change of components.
  • Driving force for diffusion, thermodynamic factor and mobility.
  • Analytical and numerical methods for solving thermodynamic and kinetic problems.

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. Explain basic concepts in thermodynamic modeling.
2. Use thermodynamic relationships for solution phases (solid phases, liquids and gas phase).
3. Model these phases with simpler models and with the sublattice formalism (Compound Energy Formalism).
4. Illustrate the relationship between thermodynamic relations, Gibbs energy and phase diagrams.
5. Perform analytical and numerical calculations of thermodynamic problems.
6. Explain the basics of diffusion in binary and multicomponent systems.
7. Perform analytical and numerical calculations of diffusion-controlled phase transformations.

For higher grades, the student must also be able to:
8. Combine thermodynamics and kinetics in problem solving.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic thermodynamics for metallic materials and phase diagram theory corresponding to course MH2017 Micro- and nanostructures.

Recommended prerequisites

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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 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignments, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial exam, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON2 - Partial exam, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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.

KON1 och KON2 are not mandatory.

If both KON1 and KON2 are passed grade E is obtained on TEN1.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MH2048 Advanced Course in Materials Design


Professor Malin Selleby,