Structure of Materials Laboratory

Course Information
TitleΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΔΟΜΗΣ ΤΩΝ ΥΛΙΚΩΝ / Structure of Materials Laboratory
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorGeorgios Vourlias
Course ID40003017

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
Required Courses
  • ΓΘΥ205 Physics V (Modern Physics)
  • ΣΥΥ501 Structure of Materials Laboratory
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course the student has implemented basic principles of crystallography in the laboratory
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • 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.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
Course Organization
Laboratory Work782.6
Written assigments391.3
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) Εισαγωγή στην κρυσταλλοδομή Κωνσταντίνος Καβούνης σοφία A.E., 2008 ISBN 978-960-6706-14-1
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