A postgraduate student is required to take six theory courses of which four courses are compulsory in nature. He/she should pass in all of these compulsory courses. He/she can take the remaining two of the six courses from the departmental optional courses or from the lists of approved courses of other departments. The student must, however, consult with his advisor/supervisor before registering for these two optional courses.

Course Details for MSc in MME Engg

MME 6000     Thesis  18.00 Credit

MME 6001     Project  6.00 Credit

MME 6101     Theory of Phase Transformation  3.00 Credit
Thermodynamics of phase diagrams. Kinetics of phase transformation. Diffusion in binary and ternary alloys system. Crystal interfaces and microstructures. Mechanism of diffusional and diffusionless transformation in solids. Case studies.

MME 6102     Advanced Physical Metallurgy  3.00 Credit
Vacancies in metals and alloys; Static and dynamic aspects of recovery and recrystallisation. Classification of phase transformations. Classical nucleation theories, solidification, solid-state nucleation, phenomenon of precipitate growth. Martensitic transformation. Strengthening mechanisms in solids. Some aspects of dislocations, interaction between dislocations, vacancies and voids. Some general aspects of diffusional creep; the nucleation of cavities and crack formation. Ductility at elevated temperature in the absence of cavitation.

MME 6103     Advanced Physical Metallurgy of Steels  3.00 Credit
Kinetics, growth morphologies and crystallographic orientation relationships of the formation of ferrite, pearlite and bainite; strengthening mechanisms in steels; High-strength, low-alloy structural steels, their structure and property relationship; Development of fracture-tough steel; Bainitic steels and their strengthening mechanisms; Ultrahigh strength and maraging steels, their thermo-mechanical treatments and structure-property relationships; Development of stainless steels, their formability, heat treatment and structure property relationships; Heat treatment of large steel forging; Carburisation of alloy steels and their heat treatment.

MME 6104     Advanced Metal Physics  3.00 Credit
Statistical mechanics; Fundamentals for quantum mechanics; Thermodynamics of solids; Free energy and phase equilibria; Order disorder phenomena. Nucleation in growth theory, recovery, recrystallisation, Crystal imperfections. Atomic mechanism involved in deformation of metals, alloys, and non-metallic solids. Detailed relationship between structure and properties of metals. Free electron theory: Band theory of solids, thermal and electrical conductivity of solids. Surface emission, cohesion and other characteristics of metals. Theory of magnetism and magnetic properties of metals and alloys.

MME 6105     Advanced Fracture Mechanics  3.00 Credit
Theory of Elasticity: Basic theorems. The elastic, elastic-plastic, and visco-elastic body.. Basic Conditions of the Mechanics of Brittle Fracture: Criterion for local fracture. Unsteady crack dynamics. Theory of Plasticity: The deformation theory of plasticity. The Growth of Fatigue Cracks: Implications of fracture mechanics for fatigue. Fatigue of brittle and ductile solids. Environmental interactions: corrosion fatigue and creep fatigue. Creep of Materials: Long term failure at high temperature, problems of creep.

MME 6106     Advanced Thermodynamics  3.00 Credit
Macroscopic Thermodynamics: First and second laws applied to equilibrium in multicomponent systems, reaction equilibrium, solution thermodynamics, methods for analysis and correlation of thermodynamics data, thermodynamic analysis of phase diagrams, thermodynamics of surfaces, thermodynamics of defect structures. Statistical Thermodynamics: Nature of statistical thermodynamics, classical statistics of independent particles, development and application of quantum mechanics, applications of statistical thermodynamics to materials systems.

MME 6107     Non Destructive Testing and Evaluation  3.00 Credit
General principles of non destructive testing and evaluation. Theory and applications of common and new techniques in materials environment. Limitations of techniques. Selection of appropriate techniques for a particular problem regarding non destructive evaluation. Concepts of codes, standards, specifications, and procedures related to non destructive testing. Quality control and quality assurance, and risk analysis.

MME 6108     Diffraction Techniques in Materials  3.00 Credit
X-rays and safety. Principles of x-ray diffraction, reciprocal lattice and its application to XRD. Films-recording methods, focusing methods, monochromators. X-ray diffractometers, geometry, sample configuration, detectors, data collection and statistics. Diffraction data file, identification of phases. Quantitative evaluation of phase mixtures. Crystal structures. Lattice parameters. Particle size and microstress analysis. Residual stress determination by XRD. Preferred orientation, pole figures, ODFs.

MME 6109     Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques  3.00 Credit
Survey of classical and new methods of materials characterisation. Advances in microscopy: Scanning tunnelling and atomic force microscopy. Recent advances in analytical TEM, SEM and related techniques. Advanced diffraction techniques and texture analysis. Spectroscopic techniques in materials characterisation: Infra-red and Raman spectroscopy. Surface and thin film characterisation: Auger electron spectroscopy, XPS/ESCA, high energy beam techniques and Rutherford back scattering. Magnetic and nuclear techniques in materials characterisation.

MME 6110     Machine Tools Materials and Heat-treatment  3.00 Credit
The composition and selection of tool steels. An analytical study of the machine tools, cutting tool and work piece system and the metal cutting parameters which influence the system performance. Engineering considerations involved in the design of special tools for economical mass production. Study of tool steels namely water hardened tool steel, shock resistant tool steel, heat resistant tool steel, high speed tool steel, special purpose tool steels, etc. Heat treatment of tool steels and their microstructure. Factors causing tool failures and their remedies. Powder metallurgy and synthetic tool steels.

MME 6111     Solidification  3.00 Credit
Heat flow and fluid flow in solidification, thermodynamics of solidification, nucleation and interface kinetics. Plane front solidification of single- and poly-phase alloys, cellular solidification, solidification of castings and ingots, Processing and properties.

MME 6112     Theory of Metal Working  3.00 Credit
Analysis of the general state of stress and strain in solids. Theory of elasticity and plasticity and their application in the field of metal working. Residual stresses during deformation. The metallurgical aspects of forging, extrusion and calculation of energy consumption. Relation between structure and hot workability of alloys.

MME 6113     Advanced Welding Technology  3.00 Credit
Physics of Welding: Physical phenomena of welding. Arc welding physics, weld pool phenomena and thermal experience during welding. Metal transfer, high energy density welding processes. Welding Metallurgy: Weldability, defects, phase transformations, heat flow, heat-treatment, microstructure and properties. Welding Heat: Science of welding heat sources, interaction of the heat source with work piece. Design of Welded Structures and Assemblies: Joint design. Process consideration in weld design, welding codes and specifications. Weld distortion and residual stresses. Analysis of combined stresses. Mechanical properties of welded joints.

MME 6114     Advanced Surface Technology  3.00 Credit
Classification of surface engineering techniques and review of conventional methods. Advanced surface engineering techniques: Laser and ion beam modification techniques, vacuum deposition processes, spray techniques including plasma and flame spraying and related processes. Hard ceramic coatings. Degradation of surfaces. Chemistry and physics of surfaces. Types, mechanisms and theories of wear and friction. Wear resistant materials and coatings.

MME 6115     Recent Advances in Metallurgy  3.00 Credit
This subject is intended to cover recent advances in metallurgy. Topics chosen from special interests of supervisor(s) and student(s).

MME 6116     Recent Advances in Materials  3.00 Credit
This subject is intended to cover recent advances in materials. Topics chosen from special interests of supervisor(s) and student(s).

MME 6201     Experimental Techniques in Metallurgy  3.00 Credit
Generation and maintenance of high temperature. Controlled atmospheres etc. Pressure and rates of gas flow. Vacuum techniques. Analysis and properties of liquid metals and slags. Analysis of reduction and dissociation of oxides. Metallographic analysis of non-metallic inclusions in metals. Quantitative Metallography. Thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis.

MME 6202     Rapid Solidification and Amorphous Materials  3.00 Credit
Normal and rapid solidification, requirements for rapid solidification. Production methods. Constitutional effects: Occurrence of non-crystalline metallic phases (metallic glasses), non-equilibrium crystalline phases, solid solubility extension. Microstructural effects: Grain size, lattice defect, structure of metallic glasses. Mechanical, chemical, electrical and ma
gnetic properties of amorphous materials. Applications of rapid solidification.

MME 6203     Advanced Topics in Foundry Engineering  3.00 Credit
This subject is intended to cover recent advances in foundry engineering. Topics chosen from special interests of supervisor(s) and student(s).

MME 6204     Recent Trends in Iron and Steelmaking  3.00 Credit
Review of blast furnace practice. Heat and mass balance in a blast furnace, blast furnace aerodynamics. Alternate processes of production of liquid iron. Review of modern trends in steelmaking practices. Basic oxygen steelmaking, electric and other steelmaking processes. Ladle metallurgy, precision steelmaking, vacuum and electroslag refining. Economics and environmental effect of iron and steelmaking processes.

MME 6205     Light Metals and Alloys  3.00 Credit
Aluminium and its alloys: Production of aluminium; wrought and cast aluminium alloys, characteristics of different cast aluminium alloy systems, work hardening, heat treatment, mechanical behaviour, corrosion, joining, new alloy developments, applications. Magnesium and its alloys: Production of magnesium, alloy behaviour, melting and casting of different magnesium alloys, electrochemical aspects, fabrication of components, applications. Titanium and its alloys: Production of titanium, physical metallurgy and fabrication, casting techniques, engineering performance, applications.

MME 6206     Theory of Metallurgical Processes (for Non-engineers)  3.00 Credit
Review of thermodynamic principles; Survey of the development of the theory of metallurgy; Classification of metallurgical processes. Major reactions in the production of elemental metals. Theory of the refining of metals through liquation, fractional recrystallisation and distillation.

MME 6207     High Temperature Oxidation of Metals and Alloys  3.00 Credit
Oxidation mechanisms; Heating and subscale formation; compositional changes and effect of variables; Stresses in growing oxide scales; stress generation and thermal cycling; stress calculations; Effect of process variables upon the direction and intensity of scale forming reactions; Surface preparation and scale adhesion; Development of the convoluted oxide morphology; Effect of reactive metal additions; Factors affecting scale adhesion; High temperature scale formation in rolling and forging mills, Characteristics of scales formed in high-speed steels, stainless steels and austenitic manganese steels; Stabilization of protective scales; Comparative characteristics of pre-oxidized and pre-nitrided particles in protective scales.

MME 6208     Advanced Ceramics  3.00 Credit
Structure and properties: Atomic bonding and crystal structure; phase equilibria and phase equilibrium diagrams; physical, thermal, and mechanical behaviour. Electronic ceramics: Semiconductor, magnetic ceramics, optical ceramics, electro-optical ceramics, glass and crystalline lasers, ceramic superconductors, ceramic sensor. Processing of advanced ceramics. Design with ceramics. Failure analysis. Toughening of ceramics. Materials selection.

MME 6209     Advanced Glasses  3.00 Credit
Physics and chemistry of glasses: Glass structure and formation related to composition, kinetics of crystallisation, phase separation, glass transition. Relation of physical properties to glass structure and composition. Glass formation from gel: Reaction chemistry of sol-gel process, application. Production, properties and application of advanced glasses: Oxynitride glasses, electrical glasses, glass ceramics, slow-release glasses, optically non-linear glasses, optical glass fibre, chalcogenide glasses, advanced optical glasses, flat-panel glasses, bio-active glasses, nuclear-waste glasses, and coating on glasses.

MME 6210     Polymer Processing and Characterisation  3.00 Credit
Structure and properties of polymers: Nature of polymers and plastics, morphology and structure of polymers, surface properties, transport phenomena, polymer melt rheology. Polymer processing: Handing of particulate solids, melting, pressurisation and pumping, mixing. Polymer shaping: Die forming, moulding and casting, secondary shaping, calendering. Polymer Characterisation: Spectroscopy, chain statistics, solid state method of characterisation, thermal analysis.

MME 6211     Advanced Composites  3.00 Credits
Overview of composite materials: Processing techniques. Elastic properties: isostress and isostrain models, hybrid isostress/isostrain models, anisotropic elasticity, fibre reinforced composites, particulate reinforced composites. Stresses in fibres: the shear lag model. Variation of elastic moduli with fibre length. Thermal and curing stresses; bending/twisting properties of cross-play and angle-ply laminates. Stresses in individual laminae of a laminate.

MME 6212     Processing of Electronic Materials  3.00 Credit
Survey of metallic and non-metallic materials used in electronics. Production of electronic materials – from metallurgical grade to pure form. Manufacture of silicon, germanium, gallium, phosphorous, rare-earth metals, and compounds. Various refining techniques including zone refining. Crystal growth and wafer production. Thin film deposition techniques: vacuum techniques including PVD, CVD, MBE, sputtering, etc. Electro- and electroless plating. Liquid phase epitaxy, sol-gel techniques, spray pyrolysis etc. Control of film thickness and structure: in-situ and ex-situ techniques. Materials issues in the manufacture of some typical electronic devices and components like IC, magnetic tape and disc, optical fibre, printed circuit board etc. Packaging. Product reliability assessment, quality control and environmental aspects.

MME 6213     Archaeometallurgy  3.00 Credit
History and principles of archaeometallurgy : Alloys of antiquity, ancient technology of metals. Archaeometallurgical heritage of Bengal: Coinage, sculptors, weapons etc. Methods and techniques in archaeometallurgy : Metallography of ancient metals and slags, X-ray, scanning electron microscopy, neutron activation analysis, Mossbauer spectroscopy, stable isotope measurement etc. Preservation, conservation and restoration of archaeometallurgical objects : Handling of artefacts of antiquity, climatic condition, transportation, case studies etc.

MME 6214     Hydroelectrometallurgy  3.00 Credit
Hydrometallurgy: Kinetics of liquid-solid reaction; theory of uniformly accessible surfaces, hydrometallurgy of sulfide and oxides, cementation and hydrogen reduction, ion exchange and solvent extraction, physiochemical phenomena at high pressures, microbiological metallurgy. Electrometallurgy: electrochemical nature of metallurgical processes, kinetics of electrode reactions, electrochemical oxidation and reduction, complex electrode reaction mixed potential systems, electrode position and optimization of electrometallurgical processes, batteries and fuel cells, some aspects of corrosion.

MME 6215     Materials Shaping Technology (for non-engineers)  3.00 Credit
Structure and properties of metals and alloys, forming of metals; Casting, metal working, metal joining, powder metallurgy, heat treatment of metals; Surface treatments of metals.

MME 6216     Nuclear Reactor Materials  3.00 Credit
Brief introduction to atomic and nuclear physics, neutron interactions, cross sections fission, fission neutrons, material damage by neutron irradiation and fission fragments. Fission chain reaction, components of nuclear reactors and types of power reactors. General and special factors in selection of nuclear reactor materials. Role of materials in nuclear reactors: Nuclear fuel, moderators and reflectors, control materials, coolants, shielding materials and structural materials. Reactor fuels: uranium metal, uranium dioxide, uranium alloys and uranium carbide; plutonium and thorium as reactor fuels.

MME 6217     Furnace Technology  3.00 Credit
Design of modern iron and steel making furnaces; Industrial furnaces for heat treatment; control of furnace atmosphere; Furnace efficiency, power requirements and heat balance; Furnace management and overall safety precautions etc.

MME 6218     Fuel Technology  3.00 Credit
Introduction to combustion theories, combustion reaction, dissociation, vaporization and ignition; Determination of combustion efficiency, heating values and their variables; Physical and chemical properties of fuels; Application of thermodynamic principles and chemistry of combustion reactions; Study at an advanced level of important reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Steroism and the relation of structure of chemical reactions. Combustion applications to heating equipments; Internal combustion engines and propulsion systems. Fluid dynamics of reacting systems. Ignition, propagation and stability of flames. Detonation; Self ignition properties of fuels Fundamental relationships, combustion, ignition and flame fronts.

Math 6901 PDE, Statistics and Fourier Analysis 3.00 Credit

MSc in Materials Science


MME6701  Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials                                3.00 Credits
Review of thermodynamic functions and criteria of equilibrium. Thermodynamic theory of solutions, chemical reaction and interfacial phenomena. Defect structures in solids. Statistical thermodynamics of gases and condensed matters. Kinetics of homogeneous chemical reactions. Thermodynamics of irreversible processes. Diffusion. Kinetics of heterogeneous processes.

MME6702  Physical Metallurgy Principles                                                    3.00 Credits
Introduction. Atomic bonds. Crystal structure and crystallization of metals. Crystal defects, dislocation and deformation. Solid solutions. Binary phase equilibrium diagrams. Iron and iron carbide thermal equilibrium diagram. Phase transformations. Nucleation and growth theory. Heat treatment of steels and cast irons. Strengthening mechanisms in solids. Surface hardening. Non-ferrous alloys and their heat-treatment. Structure property relationship in steels and other alloys.

MME6703  Materials Characterization                                                         3.00 Credits
Introduction to materials characterization and its importance, various purposes of materials characterization. Principles of analytical methods for characterization of materials for structure and compositions. Principles of spectroscopy: UV-visible, infra-red, atomic emission and atomic absorption spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, etc. Characterization of structures: x-ray generation, x-ray diffraction, diffraction geometry, Bragg’s law, application of Bragg’s law to crystal structure identification. Characterization by microscopy: optical microscopy, bright field and dark field imaging, scanning electron microscopy. Rutherford backscattering method, EDX, WDX, atomic force microscopy. Thermal analysis of materials using DSC, TGA, DTA.

MME6704  Manufacturing Processes                                                            3.00 Credits
Introduction to shaping of materials. Casting: various casting processes and defects, application of cast products. Forging: open die and closed die forgings, microstructure and defects in forged products, applications of forged products. Rolling: rolling processes and their applications, microstructure and defects in rolled products. Wire drawing and sheet metal forming. Various joining processes and their limitations. Powder metallurgy, applications and limitations of powder metallurgy products.


MME6801  Ceramic Materials                                                                       3.00 Credits
Introduction, definition, scope and classification of ceramics. Bonding, structures and phase diagram. Common ceramic materials. Traditional ceramics: an overview, history, compositions, manufacturing and application of refractories, white-wares, heavy clay wares and silicates. The development of modern ceramic technology. Processing of ceramic powders, shape forming operations i.e. pressing, isostatic pressing and sintering, injection moulding, sheet forming, MLC technology. Modern and high-tech ceramics: an overview, compositions, manufacturing and application of engineering ceramics, functional ceramics, electrical and electronic ceramics, magnetic ceramics and bio-ceramics.

MME6802  Corrosion Engineering and Surface Treatment                           3.00 Credits
Electrochemical principles of corrosion. Thermodynamics of electrochemical cells. Concepts of single electrode potential, reference electrode, polarization and passivity. Forms of corrosion-their characteristics features, causes and remedial measures. Corrosion prevention: materials selection, environmental control, cathodic and anodic protection, coatings and design considerations. Modern theory of corrosion-principles and applications. High temperature corrosion: oxide defects structures, effect of alloying on corrosion, catastrophic oxidation, selective oxidation of alloys. Scope of surface treatment. Surface modification techniques: electro and electroless plating, anodizing, chromating, phosphating etc., spray coating, hot dipping, PVD, CVD, ion beam techniques, laser surface modification. Testing and quality control of coatings.

MME6803  Electronic Packaging Materials                                                   3.00 Credits
Introduction to electronic packaging, semiconductors and microelectronic devices.Wafer level packaging. Integrated circuits, packaging and assembly.Sealing and encapsulation. Board assembly. Packaging and electronic products. The role of materials in electronic packaging, packaging materials and properties. Material processes. Future trends. Thermal and mechanical reliability. Failure modes and mechanisms. Reliability qualifications. Failure analysis. Experimental methods and tools for reliability analysis.

MME6804  Composite Materials                                                                   3.00 Credits
Introduction and classifications of composite materials. Types of reinforcements and matrices, reinforcements shapes and size, reinforcement-matrices interface characteristics. reinforcement architecture. Composites fabrication. Mechanical and thermal behaviour of composite materials. Failure analysis. Environmental effects on properties of composites. Applications of composites. Recycling of composites.

MME6805  Ferrous Metallurgy                                                                      3.00 Credits
Production of pig iron in blast furnace: Characteristics of raw materials, temperature and gas composition profile within blast furnace, chemistry of the process. Principles of steelmaking: Production of plain carbon and alloy steels using various steelmaking processes, solidification of steel ingot and continuous casting processes. Types, composition and applications of plain carbon and alloy steels. Cast iron production, types of cast iron and their uses.

MME6806  Polymeric Materials                                                                    3.00 Credits
Classification of Polymer: thermoplastics and thermosets, classification based upon polymerization mechanism and structure. Structure of Polymer: Copolymers, tacticity, geometric isomerism. Polymer Synthesis: step growth polymerization, chain growth polymerization, polymerization techniques. Polymer Processing Techniques: extrusion, moulding, calendaring, coating. Properties of Polymer: amorphous and crystalline state, thermal properties, mechanical properties. Characterization and degradation of polymeric materials.

MME6807  Biomaterials                                                                                3.00 Credits
Bio-compatibility, adaptability and degradation of materials in biological environment. Types of biomaterials. Bioceramics: dense ceramic, porous ceramics, bioactive ceramics. Polymeric biomaterials: naturally occurring polymeric biomaterials, synthetic non bio-degradable and bio-degradable polymers. Composites: structure and properties, processing of bio-composites. Coated hydroxyapatite: need and type of coating-plasma sprayed coating, bio-mimetic coating. Application of bio-materials: dental implants, orthopaedic implants, soft tissue application. Biomaterials for tissue engineering.Recent developments in biomaterials.

MME6808  Solar Materials and Technology                                                   3.00 Credits
Solar cells and sunlight: solar intensity at the earth surface, direct and diffuse radiation, solar isolation at specific location. Semiconductor properties: band gap, doping, equilibrium carrier, concentration, generation, recombination, carrier transport, PN junctions. Silicon solar cell technology: processing of sand to semiconductor grade silicon, solar grade silicon, standard silicon and improved silicon. Other semiconductor materials- polycrystalline silicon, amorphous silicon, GaAs, Cu2S/CdS etc. Concentrating system. Photovoltaic system: component and applications.

MME6809  Hydroelectrometallurgy                                                              3.00 Credits
Hydrometallurgy: kinetics of liquid-solid reaction, theory of uniformly accessible surfaces, hydrometallurgy of sulphide and oxides, cementation and hydrogen reduction, ion exchange and solvent extraction, physiochemical phenomena at high pressures, microbiological metallurgy. Electrometallurgy: electrochemical nature of metallurgical processes, kinetics of electrode reactions, electrochemical oxidation and reduction, complex electrode reaction mixed potential systems, electrode position and optimization of electrometallurgical processes, batteries and fuel cells, some aspects of corrosion.