In this course we will work through the key metallurgical principles that underpin successful metallurgical outcomes in steel.
You could term this as the building blocks for metallurgical success.
We will look at crystal structures, equilibrium phase diagrams, in particular the iron-carbon phase diagram. We will consider time temperature transformation and continuous cooling transformation and how this differs from equilibrium phase diagrams. We will look at equilibrium and non-equilibrium microstructures formed in steel. We will cover the key material properties, how these are defined and the strengthening mechanisms, that on an atomic scale, influence these properties.
An understanding of these principles is necessary for optimum material selection, optimum material processing and the production of the correct microstructure and hence mechanical properties.