Structure of Materials Laboratory I

Course Information
TitleΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΔΟΜΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΥΛΙΚΩΝ Ι / Structure of Materials Laboratory I
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Vourlias
Course ID40000898

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΣΥ0236 Introduction to the Structure of Materials
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction of the concepts of crystal lattice, unit and primitive cells, crystal systems, Miller indices, fractional coordinates, equivalent positions. Operating principles of x-ray devices. Lab Exercise 1: Analysis of a polychromatic X-ray beam using a single crystal wavelength analyzer and implementing Braggs law. Identification of the wavelength and energy of the emitted X-ray photons. Calculation of mass density from crystallographic data. Lab Exercise 2: Identification of unit cell of unknown materials based on XRD data. Calculation of unit cell size and of the number of lattice positions in the cell. Experimental verification of correct cell. Finding of ionic radii of the constituents of an unknown ionic crystal from XRD data. Lab Exercise 3: Experimental X-ray methods for the study of polycrystalline (powder) materials. The Debye-Scherrer method. Indexing Debye diagrams. Identifiication of the crystal structure of known and unknown powder samples. Lab Exercise 4: Experimental X-ray methods for the study of amorphous and nanocrystalline materials. The Bragg-Brentano Method. Identification and indexing Bragg-Brentano diagrams. Calculation of average grain size in nanocrystalline materials. Lab Exercise 5: Phase diagrams with a eutectic point. Solid solutions. Cooling curves. Construction of the phase diagram of Sn-Zn.
X-ray diffraction, bragg law, Crystal strueture, Crystal Systems
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
  • examination
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εισαγωγή στην Κρυσταλλοδομή, Κωνσταντίνος Καβούνης, ISBN 978-960-6706-14-1 Σημειώσεις
Additional bibliography for study
B.D. Cullity & S.R. Stock, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River (2001) X-Ray Diffraction: A Practical Approach, C. Suryanarayana & M. Grant Norton, Plenum Press, New York (1998)
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