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MH2053 Applied Thermodynamics for Material Processing 6.0 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

Target group

Open for application for TTMVM1-IMTA/MDNA/SUMA

Elective for all programs as long as it can be included in your programme.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Engineering Materials Science, åk 1, IMTA, Mandatory

Master's Programme, Engineering Materials Science, åk 1, MDNA, Conditionally Elective

Master's Programme, Engineering Materials Science, åk 1, SUMA, Conditionally Elective


P2 (6.0 hp)


30 Oct 2023
15 Jan 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students


Universitetslektor Björn Glaser,


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2053 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Lectures and problem sessions

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, copper and silicon refining
  • Solid phase transformations and equilibria in metals and alloys

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • Read and interpret ternary, quaternary, and quinary phase diagrams of alloys and oxide system
  • 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

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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

Recommended prerequisites

MH1029 Sustainable Process Technology (BSc students from KTH)


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Given in the course syllabus, at course start

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 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Home exam, 4.0 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 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

MH2049 Advanced Course in Process Science


Universitetslektor Björn Glaser,