Theoretical Analysis of Engineering Materials Challenges

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Eggeler)

The series of lectures addresses advanced students (taking master courses) and tackles exemplary current materials problems. The main teaching objective is to show how the application of basic materials science concepts allows us to contribute to progress in materials technology. All examples (like for example the formation of pearlite during the heat treatment of steel or coating procedures to improve corrosion resistance) will first be introduced considering their technical importance and their impact for our society. The basic elements of understanding are reviewed, which are required for a state of the art analysis. Finally it will be shown how the elementary experimental and theoretical building blocks of modern materials science can be combined to work out concepts for improvements (processing routes, materials development, material selection and design, component life time assessment). Different examples will be discussed in subsequent years. These all have in common that they are governed by elementary processes. These involve phase transformations and their role during casting/solidification and during heat treatments, sinter processes, interdiffusion processes, reactions at surfaces and at internal interfaces and microstructural processes which are related to the deformation of materials (metal forming, creep and fatigue). The series of lectures is held on Tuesdays between 1.00 and 4.00 pm.

Lecture Announcement SS14