3.044 Materials Processing

Spring 2005

Line diagram of a zirconia evaporator.
A zirconia evaporator deposits thermal barrier coatings on various surfaces. This ties together four major concepts of the course: heat conduction in the ingot, multicomponent evaporation, vapor phase transport, and structure of thin film coatings. (Image by Prof. Adam Powell.)

Course Highlights

This course features full lecture notes, problem sets with solutions in the assignments section, and a discussion of course pedagogy.

Course Description

The goal of 3.044 is to teach cost-effective and sustainable production of solid material with a desired geometry, structure or distribution of structures, and production volume. Toward this end, it is organized around different types of phase transformations which determine the structure in various processes for making materials, in roughly increasing order of entropy change during those transformations: solid heat treatment, liquid-solid processing, fluid behavior, deformation processing, and vapor-solid processing. The course ends with several lectures that place the subject in the context of society at large.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Adam Powell IV
Prof. Randolph Kirchain

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1 hour / session