Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

MSE 421 Physical Metallurgy Laboratory. (1) S
Focuses on analysis of microstructure of metals and alloys and includes correlation with mechanical properties to some extent. Lab. Pre- or corequisite: MSE 420.

MSE 453 Experiments in Materials Synthesis and Processing II. (2) F
A continuation of MSE 354, with emphasis on characterization. Small groups complete three experiments supervised by selected faculty members. Lab. Cross-listed as EEE 453. Prerequisites: EEE/MSE 353 and 354 or equivalents.

MSE 454 Advanced Materials Processing and Synthesis. (3) S
Case studies from published literature of current techniques in materials processing and synthesis. Student participation in classroom presentations. Lecture, recitation. Cross-listed as EEE 454. Prerequisites: EEE/MSE 353 and 354 or equivalents.

MSE 510 X-Ray and Electron Diffraction. (3) F
Fundamentals of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Techniques for studying surfaces, internal microstructures, and fluorescence. Lecture, demonstrations. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 511 Corrosion and Corrosion Control. (3) S
Introduction to corrosion mechanisms and methods of preventing corrosion. Topics include the following: electrochemistry, polarization, corrosion rates, oxidation, coatings, and cathodic protection. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 512 Analysis of Material Failures. (3) S
Identification of types of failures. Analytical techniques. Fractography, SEM, nondestructive inspection, and metallography. Mechanical and electronic components. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 513 Polymers and Composites. (3) F
Relationship between chemistry, structure, and properties of engineering polymers. Design, properties, and behavior of fiber composite systems.

MSE 514 Physical Metallurgy. (4) F
Crystal structure and defects. Phase diagrams, metallography, solidification and casting, and deformation and annealing. Lecture, lab. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 515 Thermodynamics of Materials. (3) N
Principles of statistical mechanics, statistical thermodynamics of single crystals, solutions, phase equilibrium, free energy of reactions, free electron theory, and thermodynamics of defects. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 516 Mechanical Properties of Solids. (3) S
Effects of environmental and microstructional variables of mechanical properties, including plastic deformation, fatigue, creep, brittle fracture, and internal friction. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 517 Introduction to Ceramics. (3) F
Principles of structure, property relations in ceramic materials. Processing techniques. Applications in mechanical, electronic, and superconducting systems. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 518 Integrated Circuits Materials Science. (3) N
Principles of materials science applied to semiconductor processing and fabrication in metals, ceramics, polymers, and semiconductors. Prerequisite: transition student with instructor approval.

MSE 520 Theory of Crystalline Solids. (3) F
Anisotropic properties of crystals; tensor treatment of elastic, magnetic, electric and thermal properties, and crystallography of Martensitic transformations.

MSE 521 Defects in Crystalline Solids. (3) S
Introduction to the geometry, interaction, and equilibrium between dislocations and point defects. Relations between defects and properties will be discussed. Prerequisite: ECE 350 or instructor approval.

MSE 530 Materials Thermodynamics and Kinetics. (3) S
Thermodynamics of alloy systems, diffusion in solids, kinetics of precipitation, and phase transformations in solids. Prerequisites: CHE 312 or ECE 340; ECE 350.

MSE 531 Statistical Thermodynamics. (3) N
Kinetic and quantum theory. Statistical mechanics; ensemble theory. Structure and thermodynamics of non-interacting and interacting particles. Boltzmann integro-differential equation. Cross-listed as MAE 582. Prerequisite: MAE 581.

MSE 533 Direct Energy Conversion. (3) N
Advanced selected topics in direct energy conversion, theory, design, and applications. Cross-listed as MAE 537. Prerequisite: MAE 581.

MSE 540 Fracture, Fatigue, and Creep. (3) F
Relationship between microstructure and fracture; fatigue and creep properties of materials. Environmental effects and recent developments. Current theories and experimental results. Prerequisite: MSE 440 or equivalent.

MSE 550 Advanced Materials Characterization. (3) N
Analytical instrumentation for characterization of materials; SEM, SIMS, Auger, analytical TEM, and other advanced research techniques.

MSE 556 Electron Microscopy Laboratory. (3) F
Lab support for MSE 558. Cross-listed as SEM 556. Pre- or corequisite: MSE/SEM 558.

MSE 557 Electron Microscopy Laboratory. (3) S
Lab support for MSE 559. Cross-listed as SEM 557. Pre- or corequisite: MSE/SEM 559.

MSE 558 Electron Microscopy I. (3) F
Microanalysis of the structure and composition of materials using images, diffraction and X-ray, and energy loss spectroscopy. Knowledge of elementary crystallography, reciprocal lattice, stereographic projections, and complex variables is required. Cross-listed as SEM 558. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MSE 559 Electron Microscopy II. (3) S
Microanalysis of the structure and composition of materials using images, diffraction and X-ray, and energy loss spectroscopy. Knowledge of elementary crystallography, reciprocal lattice, stereographic projections, and complex variables is required. Cross-listed as SEM 559. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

MSE 560 Strengthening Mechanisms. (3) S
Deformation of crystalline materials. Properties of dislocations. Theories of strain hardening, solid solution, precipitation, and transformation strengthening. Prerequisite: ECE 350 or equivalent.

MSE 561 Phase Transformation in Solids. (3) N
Heterogeneous and homogeneous precipitation reactions, shear displacive reactions, and order-disorder transformation.

MSE 562 Ion Implantation. (3) S
Includes defect production and annealing. Generalized treatment, including ion implantation, neutron irradiation damage, and the interaction of other incident beams. Prerequisite: MSE 450.

MSE 570 Polymer Structure and Properties. (3) F
Relationships between structure and properties of synthetic polymers, including glass transition, molecular relaxations, crystalline state viscoelasticity, morphological characterization, and processing.

MSE 571 Ceramics. (3) A
Includes ceramic processing, casting, molding, firing, sintering, crystal defects, and mechanical, electronic, and physical properties. Prerequisites: MSE 521, 561.

MSE 572 Semiconductor Phase Diagrams. (3) A
Analysis of binary and ternary phase diagrams and application to semiconductor growth and vapor and liquid phase epitaxy. Prerequisite: MSE 521.

MSE 573 Magnetic Materials. (3) A
Emphasis on ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic phenomena. Domains, magnetic anisotrophy, and magnetastriction. Study of commercial magnetic materials. Prerequisite: MSE 520 or equivalent.

Omnibus Graduate Courses: See omnibus graduate courses that may be offered.

1996–98 Graduate Catalog Table of Contents

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