Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Introduction to Phase Diagrams
June 22-23, 2009 - registration closed

Who Attends
This course is appropriate for engineers/scientists interested in developing a basic understanding of how phase diagrams are used to predict the formation and evolution of solid and liquid phases as a function of composition and temperature.

Course Description
This 2 day course is intended to provide the student with a basic appreciation for the practical importance of phase diagrams, particularly with reference to ceramic materials. The course will briefly cover the essential features of phase diagrams; the remainder of the course will then focus on developing the student's abilities to analyze and interpret binary and ternary phase diagrams. The lectures will be supplemented with periodic in-class exercises.

Course Outline

The short course will cover the following topics:

  • Basic principles and vocabulary associated with phase diagrams
  • Working with binary phase diagrams, including: usage of the lever rule, determination of phase distribution, determination of phase composition, handling of solid solutions and phase separation, and inferences about microstructural development
  • Working with ternary phase diagrams, including: usage of the Alkemade theorem, construction of isothermal sections, and isoplethal analysis
  • Construction of phase diagrams
  • Use of phase diagrams in practice

A supplementary textbook and notes will be provided to the student as reference material.

Dr. Matthew M. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biomaterials and Glass Science in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. He received his B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Glass Science at Alfred University. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. degree, he joined the engineering faculty at Alfred University. Dr. Hall has taught a number of introductory undergraduate courses in materials science, including Thermal Processes in Materials, Structure and Bonding, and Structure and Properties. He has also taught upper level courses on biomedical materials and is an instructor for the undergraduate glass laboratory course. In the past four years, Dr. Hall has received the John F. McMahon Award for Excellence Teaching and is also a two-time recipient of the Kruson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Hall is a member of the American Ceramic Society (Glass and Optical Materials Division) and also currently serves as the President-Elect for the Ceramic Education Council. He has also authored or co-authored 20 papers on glass-related topics, including sol-gel processing of glass, bioactive glasses, the interaction of biological molecules with glass surfaces, and hollow glass microspheres for the storage of hydrogen gas.

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