Course Information
SchoolMechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorNikolaos Michailidis
Course ID600019780

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Mechanical Engineering

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Design and StructuresElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)955

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Specialised knowledge on metals microstructure and its effect on mechanical properties.
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to - understand the general principles of solidification, the solidification of the metallic materials, the effect of solidification parameters on the microstructure and properties of metallic materials. - acquire the knowledge of the main principles governing the design of casting metals and alloys. - identify casting defects and to understand how to prevent as well as to detect them.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Solidification Processing: Introduction, Solidification-General principles, Nucleation (homogeneous and heterogeneous), Growth (Basic concepts, solidification of single-phase metals and alloys, dendritic growth, peritectic solidification, eutectic solidification, microsegregation),Cooling curves and undercooling, Morphologies of planar, dendritic and cellular growth during solidification. Physicochemical properties of metallic materials: Interaction of molten metals with various gases as well as refractory materials. Cleaning process of molten metals and furnaces used for their melting. The Structure of Castings (Macrostructure, control of grain structure in cast metals), Heat flow in solidification, Risering (risering pure materials, risering alloys, riser location, riser shape, riser size, theoretical considerations). Gating design, Defects in casting, Inspection of casting.
Solidification, Nucleation, Growth, Heat flow, Risering, Gating
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Power point presentations and video are used during the lectures. The site of the course includes the syllabus, lab exercises and announcements. E-mail is used, when needed, to facilitate the communication with students.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment401.3
Written assigments291.0
Student Assessment
Final written exam with multiple choice questions, short answer questions and problems solving.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
-Υλικά, δομή, ιδιότητες και Τεχνολογικές Εφαρμογές, 7η Έκδοση (2017), σύγγραμμα Askeland Donald, Wendelin Wright, μετάφραση στα ελληνικά, Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, (Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 59385224, ISBN: 978-960-418-615-0)
Additional bibliography for study
-Χύτευση(σημειώσεις Σ. Σκολιανού) Solidification Processing, Flemings, Mcgraw-Hill, 1974 • Solidification, J. A. Dantzig, Michel Rappaz, EPFL Press, 2009 • Fundamentals of Solidification, W. Kurz, D. J. Fisher, CRC Press; 4th edition, 1998 • Complete Casting Handbook: Metal Casting Processes, Metallurgy, Techniques and Design, John Campbell, Elsevier, 2011. • ASM Handbook, Volume 15, ASM International, 2008
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