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MH2053 Applied Thermodynamics for Material Processing 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2053 (Autumn 2022–) 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, 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

Course disposition

Lectures and problem sessions

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 web

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Course web MH2053

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,

Supplementary information

The course MH2053 Applied Thermodynamics for Material Processing has from autumn 22 replaced the course MH2041 Applied Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Part 2