Physics of Metals

Course Information
TitleΦΥΣΙΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΜΕΤΑΛΛΩΝ / Physics of Metals
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorThomas Kehagias
Course ID40003042

Programme of Study: PROGRAMMA SPOUDŌN 2022

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses745

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

Registered students: 47
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreGeneral Electives744

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
-To learn the fundamental structural properties and the structural defects of metals. -To know the most important mechanical properties and the elastoplastic behavior of metals. -To familiarize with the behavior of metals regarding diffusion phenomena. -To explore the thermodynamics of solid solutions and the interpretation of phase diagrams of binary alloys. -To be able to address basic problems.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Metallic bond. Crystal lattices and structural defects in metallic materials. Diffusion mechanisms in solids. The Kirkendal phenomenon. Fick’s laws of diffusion. Stress. Strain. Elasticity and Hooke’s law. Isotropic elastic behavior. Elasticity modulus. Elastic strain energy. Atomic bond and anisotropic elastic behavior. Generalized Hooke’s law. Stress-strain curves. Ductile and brittle metals. The structural defects as carriers of plasticity. Plastic deformation of single crystalline and polycrystalline metals. Resolved shear stress and yield criteria. Hardening mechanisms. Plastic and brittle fracture. Toughness. Hardness. Creep. Fatigue. Thermodynamic equilibrium. Two components systems. Phase diagrams of isomorphic and partial solubility systems. Lever rule. Eutectic and peritectic reactions. Thermal analysis. The Fe-C system. Problems.
Educational Material Types
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, AN INTRODUCTION (Translated in Greek), William D. Callister JR, , Tziolas (ed.), 2008, Thessaloniki, Greece 2) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF METALLIC MATERIALS, J. Chrysoulakis, D. Pantelis, Papasotiriou (ed.), 1996, Athens, Greece
Additional bibliography for study
THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OF MATERIALS, 7th Edition, Donald R. Askeland, Wendelin J. Wright, (Translated in Greek), Tziolas (ed.), 2018, Thessaloniki, Greece
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