Kinetic Processes in Materials

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.)


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Spring 2006



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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.

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Kenneth Russell, and Samuel Allen. 3.21 Kinetic Processes in Materials. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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