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Fundamental course in thermodynamics and kinetics.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MH2453 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Thermodynamics: thermodynamic models for metallic melts and dilute solutions. Thermodynamic of ionic solutions. Relationships between slag structure and thermophysical as well as thernochemical properties. Thermodynamic background of electrolysis in liquid phases.

Kinetics: Surface-phenomena and viscosity. Formation of bubbles and drops. Reaction between gas and liquid. Reaction between two liquid phases.Solid-liquid reaction. Gas-solid reaction. Electrode kinetics in molten salt electrolysis.

Intended learning outcomes

This course aims at providing an understanding of the various reactions that form part of materials processes from a fundamental view point. The course consist of two parts: a thermodynamic part and a kinetic part, the latter including even mass and heat transfer. In the first part, the modelling of the thermodynamic of dilute solutions would be given a strong emphasis. Various thermodynamic models for metallic and ionic systems would be discussed. The students are trained in thermodynamic process modelling which will include analog descriptions. The kinetic part begins with a presentaion of thermophysical properties of high temperature systems and their importance in the transport phenomena aspects of materials processes. The chapter on gas-solid reactions would deal with the various reaction mechanisms including diffusion and adsorption. Some of the salient features of multiphase reactions such as dissolution of a solid in a liquid phase and bubble formation in melts would be discussed with illustrations from different materials processes.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

4H1903 Transport phenomena

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 - Assignment, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Exam (TEN1; 3 cr)
Lab work (LAB1; ,5 cr)
Assignment (INL1; 1,5 cr)

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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Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Tekn. Dr. Lidong Teng,