Elements of Microstructure

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Eggeler)

This series of lectures is given in English and addresses advanced students with an interest in materials science (master courses). We can especially recommend it to career changers coming from other backgrounds and taking an advanced course in materials science because it provides a focussed introduction to the basics of our field. It is also well suited for German materials students who wish to learn the essential English terminology of our field. The series of lectures starts out with an explanation of amorphous and crystalline solid states. The concepts of nano, micro and macro structures of engineering materials are then introduced. Prominent diffraction methods and microscopic methods are then introduced.

There then is a strong focus on crystal defects, which in materials science and engineering represent the elements of microstructure. The series of lectures treats point defects (vacancies and impurity atoms), dislocations, internal and external interfaces and three-dimensional elements of microstructure (such as pores, precipitates, dispersoid particles, fibres and inclusions). Important thermodynamic (phase stabilities and phase diagrams) and kinetic aspects (diffusion, phase transformations, TTT-diagrams) are introduced. The key role of the microstructure of an engineering material in governing many of its important service properties is highlighted. The lectures are held on Wednesdays between 2.00 and 4.00 pm.

Lecture Announcement WS19_20:
EOM - announcement - WS19-20.pdf