Course syllabus


MMK162 MMK162 Phase transformations lp3 VT24 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Industrial and Materials Science

Contact details

Lecturer and examiner:

Prof. Fang Liu,phone 031-772 6786,e-mail:

Course assistants:

Course assistants are a critical part of the teaching team. You will be spending much time with them in the lab sessions. They are there to support your lab and your individual project assignment.

Vishnu Anilkumar, phone 0764 390 826, e-mail:

Ahmed Fardan Jabir Hussain, phone 073 780 5642, e-mail:

Guest lecturers:

In order to help you understand how the basic principles of phase transformations are applied in research frontiers in industry, we invited three guest lecturers.

Dr. Ceena Joseph, Materials Application Engineer at GKN Aerospace, e-mail:

On-line lecture Zoom link:

password: MMK162

Student reception:

She is there to support you mainly for exam and other general administrative enquiries.

Hanije Safakar, e-mail:



Course literature

The course literature is the 4th edi­tion of: Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys,by D.A. Porter, K.E. Easterling, and M.Y. Sherif, CRC Press, UK, 2022, ISBN 978-1-003-01180-4. The book can be bought at STORE Bookshop, Student Union.

Lecture handouts are available on the course home page on Canvas before each lecture. Students are expected to have read “learning objective” and prepared for “important terms” before the class session. For hard copies of the handouts, please contact the examiner.

Additional literature concerning some specific topics will be available via the course home page on Canvas.

Course design


We run all lectures on campus. During the lectures, the book should be available. You are expected to participate actively in problem solving in groups as well as individually.  


There are quizzes for each chapter. You will get equal chance to elucidate your results during the class and earn bonus points. The quiz review time are:

Chapter 1: 22/1; Chapter 2: 29/1; Chapter 3: 5/2;

Chapter 4: 14/2; Chapter 5: 21/2; Chapter 6: 21/2.

Max 3 bonus points for quizzes.

Practical classes:

Practical classes include problem solving using the software of Thermo-Calc and JMatPro. The aim is to get you familiar with these modelling software for engineering applications.

The practical classes are compulsory, including:

  • Calculation of the Gibbs free energy curves and equilibrium phase diagrams using the thermodynamic software Thermo-Calc;
  • Evaluation of the phase constitution, microstructure formation, heat treatment, and mechanical properties of engineering alloys using the JMatPro software.

The practical classes consist of individual tasks, which are required to pass the practical part of the course. Additionally, part of the practical classes are used for elaboration of the project for individual report.

You must hand in your lab report before the deadlines specified by the course assistants. You must also make all revisions on the lab report required by the course assistants,and hand in the revised vision before deadlines.  

Individual project report:

A small individual project report on application of basic thermodynamics to any relevant phase transformation is compulsory. The project report must be presented, and will be evaluated – maximum 5 bonus points can be obtained for the project report. Requirements on the project report are described in a separate document.

Regarding deadlines:

Please do respect all the deadlines set for quizzes, lab reports, lab report revision, and project report. You will lose bonus points due to delay.

Learning objectives and syllabus

After completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain by giving several examples of how phase transformations govern the microstructure and properties of metallic materials in engineering applications.
  • Explain the foundations for concepts and equations on phase transformations in metals and alloys.
  • Communicate about alloy designing and processing using thermodynamic, kinetic and microstructural concepts and principles.
  • Apply modelling and simulation tools to predict phase transformations in metals and alloys.
  • Have a questioning mind and intuitive feel about phase transformations in metals and alloys.

Examination form

Course grading:

Grades will be based on the sum of the following parts:

  • Final exam      max 50 points
  • Bonus points of quizzes        max 3 points
  • Bonus points of lab report max 2 points
  • Bonus points of the project report   max 5 points


Grade 5: 40 points or better,

Grade 4: 30–39,

Grade 3: 20–29.


The final exam is compulsory. Attendance at all the practical classes and approved report for the practical classes are compulsory for passing the course.

You will conduct a project using either ThermoCalc or JMatPro, or both. Approved individual report of the project is compulsory for passing the course. The project will give you the same number of bonus points as the grading of the report.

Course summary:

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