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MH2504 Industrial Metallurgical Processes 6.0 credits

To work on a realistic problem for a metallurgical process.

The objectives are that the students will learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to industrial engineering problems. This includes that the students will obtain a new knowledge that has not been part of previous courses at KTH. They will also learn how to interact with industrial employees. More specific, they will carry out up to a two week field trip or take parts in experiments in the laboratories at KTH as part of the course, where they will learn practical aspects of production of metals.

In addition, they will make an oral presentation of their results at the companies/KTH. Furthermore, they will write a short technical report to describe their work, including an overall approach to solve the task, and the results of the study.

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2504 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course consists of a project that aims to provide and in-depth understanding of an area in material science, improved project management and communication skills and practical skills in material science.

The various projects deal with different areas and aspects of material science. The scientific quality of a project is only included in a small part of the assesment. The course and assesment of the project focuses on project management, communication and aspects such as calculations, simulations, experiments and field investigations.  

A list of suitable projects is presented at the beginning of the course. The project work is carried out in groups of 2-3 students, but can also be carried out individually. Students can also propose their own project, but the course coordinator must then approve this. Each project must have a supervisor from KTH to support the project work, if the project does not already have a supervisor, the course coordinator assigns a supervisor.

All projects must generate:

  • A project plan that has been approved by the supervisor after an oral presentation
  • Regular meetings between the student and the supervisor, on average on hour per week
  • A written technical report / research report, including;
  • Introduction / goals of the project
  • Literature study / Background
  • Experiment / Method (calculations, simulations, field surveys)
  • Results
  • Discussion, Conclusion, Analysis of results
  • References of used work

Intended learning outcomes

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

·       Design a detailed and comprehensive project plan

·       Carry out a project to achieve a stated research goal

·       Write a research report and orally present research results

·       Be able to discuss in detail how the research project contributes to solving specific research goals

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Good knowledge in material design, including thermodynamics, phase diagrams and diffusion of high-perfomance materials.

Good knowledge of the use of simulation software (eg Thermo-Calc, Dictra, Matlab).

Good knowledge of the application of the thermodynamic theories and the basic aspects and phenomena that are essential for understanding metallurgical processes.

Recommended prerequisites

MH2049 Advanced Course in Process Science

MH2048 Advanced Course in Materials Design


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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


  • PRO1 - Project, 6.0 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

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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