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3.21 Kinetic Processes in Materials, Spring 2006

Macro photo of gas bubbles in cola.
Nucleation is the onset of a phase transition, e.g. from liquid to gas, in a small but stable region. In this photo, bubbles in a soft drink each nucleate independently, responding to a decrease in pressure. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of lecture summaries in the lecture notes section, and a complete set of exams with solutions.

Course Description

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.

Technical Requirements

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Prof. Samuel Allen
Prof. Kenneth Russell

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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