IMAK1006 - Phase transformations and functional material properties


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Final exam 60/100 4 hours C
Midterm exam 40/100 3 hours C

Course content

  • Phase diagrams for metallic and ceramic material systems
  • Phase transformations with the main focus on steel alloys
  • Defects in crystalline materials, including dislocations and their role in the hardening of metals
  • Diffusion in solids, with emphasis on metals and ceramics
  • Alloys: steel (including stainless steel), cast iron, superalloys, titanium and aluminum alloys, heat treatment of steel and aluminum alloys
  • Functional material properties (electrical, magnetic, optical and thermal properties) with applications in energy technology

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the candidate is able to:

  • Read and interpret phase diagrams for one- and two-component systems, and use the lever rule to determine the phase composition at given equilibrium conditions
  • Use TTT and CCT diagrams for specific alloys to determine the microstructure achieved by various heat treatments of the alloy
  • Describe different types of defects in crystalline materials, and how dislocations affect the mechanical properties of metals
  • Describe diffusion in solids, and use relevant computer tools such as Python to make simple numerical simulations of diffusion
  • Choose suitable alloys for different purposes based on relevant properties
  • Explain the difference between metals, semiconductors and insulators based on their band structure, and how different types of band structure lead to different electrical, optical and thermal properties
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the magnetic properties of solids, different types of magnetic response, and applications of magnetic materials
  • Use relevant computer tools, such as Ansys Granta EduPack, to compare and discuss different material properties
  • Carry out group-based project work with innovative techniques and communicate results from the work
  • Discuss material selection with regard to ethics and sustainability

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, laboratory work, project work and self-study.

Expected time spent:

  • Lectures: 55 hours
  • Problem sets: 30 hours
  • Laboratory work: 20 hours
  • Project work: 20 hours
  • Self-study: 75 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Project work
  • Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

All compulsory work requirements (exercises, laboratory work and project work) must be approved to take the final written examination. Information about requirements for the number of approved exercises and details of mandatory activities will be provided in the project work at the beginning of the semester. In case of re-sit exam, written exam may be changed to oral exam. For applications for crediting, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be dealt with individually and the applicant must be able to count credits for overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Materials Engineering (FTHINGMAT)

Course materials

William D. Callister Jr. and David G. Rethwisch, Callister's Materials Science and Engineering, 10th Edition, Global Edition, Wiley, 2019 (older editions of the text may also be used). Various distributed resources and literature.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMAK2010 3.0 AUTUMN 2023
TMAK1002 4.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Midterm exam 40/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Final exam 60/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Final exam 60/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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