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MH2059 Materials Structures II 7.5 credits

This course is a continuation of Materials Structures I, with focus on diffusion, diffusion­controlled phase transformations and heat treatment of steel and an introduction to the software DICTRA.

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Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2059 (Spring 2025–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Theory of diffusion in single-phase materials
  • Driving force for diffusion
  • Thermodynamic factor and mobility
  • Fick-Onsager's law for multi-component diffusion
  • Heat treatment processes for steel
  • Analytical methods to solve diffusion problems
  • Introduction to the software DICTRA

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Explain the concept of diffusion in binary and multi-component systems
  2. Carry out analytical and numerical calculations of problems in diffusion
  3. Design and simulate a heat treatment process of a steel alloy, explain the development of the microstructure and summarise the results in a report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in thermodynamic modelling and phase transformations equivalent to contents of MH2057 Computational Thermodynamics and MH2055 Materials Structures I.

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


  • DAT1 - Computer assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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 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

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