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This course presents a unified treatment of phenomenological and atomistic kinetic processes in materials.

It provides the foundation for the advanced understanding of processing, microstructural evolution, and behavior for a broad spectrum of materials. The course emphasizes analysis and development of rigorous comprehension of fundamentals. Topics include: irreversible thermodynamics; diffusion; nucleation; phase transformations; fluid and heat transport; morphological instabilities; gas-solid, liquid-solid, and solid-solid reactions.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction: Fields and Gradients; Fluxes; Continuity Equation Unlimited
  • Irreversible Thermodynamics Unlimited
  • Driving Forces and Fluxes for Diffusion; Self-Diffusion and Interdiffusion Unlimited
  • Interdiffusion; Effects of Electrical Potential, Capillarity, and Stress on Diffusion Potential Unlimited
  • Effects of Capillarity and Stress on Diffusion Unlimited
  • The Diffusion Equation Unlimited
  • Solutions to the Diffusion Equation – I Unlimited
  • Solutions to the Diffusion Equation – II Unlimited
  • Solutions to the Diffusion Equation – III Unlimited
  • Activated Jump Processes Unlimited
  • Diffusion Resulting from Discrete Jumps Unlimited
  • Diffusion in Crystals Unlimited
  • Atomic Models for Diffusivities – I Unlimited
  • Atomic Models for Diffusivities – II Unlimited
  • Short-Circuit Diffusion in Crystals Unlimited
  • Diffusion in Noncrystalline Materials Unlimited
  • Surface Evolution Due to Capillary Forces Unlimited
  • Particle Coarsening Unlimited
  • Grain Growth Unlimited
  • Diverse Short Topics: Anisotropic Surfaces, Diffusional Creep, and Sintering Unlimited
  • General Features of Phase Transformations Unlimited
  • Spinodal Decomposition and Continuous Ordering Unlimited
  • Spinodal Decomposition Kinetics Unlimited
  • Nucleation Unlimited
  • Heterogeneous Nucleation Unlimited
  • Diffusional Growth Unlimited
  • Morphological Stability of Moving Interfaces Unlimited
  • Kinetics of Nucleation and Growth Transformations Unlimited

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