Materials Processing
Solidification from Liquid and Vapour Phase: Nucleation and growth, Homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation, Interface stability, Development of micro structure, Faceted and non faceted structure, Super cooling, Equilibrium phase diagrams, Eutectic and peritectic solidifications and their microstructures, Foundry techniques such as sand casting, Permanent mould casting, Investment casting and die casting, Casting defects and their inspection.

Forming Processes: Fundamentals of metal forming, Hot working process; Rolling, Forging, Extrusion, Piercing, Cold working processes; Bending, Shearing, Squizing etc.

Metals Processing: Welding, Brazing, and soldering: Conventional and Laser techniques and their application

Ceramic Processing / Powder Processing: Synthesis of common ceramic powders such as Al2O3, ZrO2, Si3N4, and SiC, Powder characterization, Binders, Lubricants, Defloculants and flocculants as processing aids, Shaping techniques such as powder compaction, Extrusion, Injection moldings, Slip casting, Solid state and liquid phase sintering, Machining of ceramic components, Common applications such as cutting tools, Ferrites and piezoelectric.

Processing of Polymers: Classification of polymers, Rheology, Polymer fabrication techniques: Injection moulding, Compression moulding, Transfer and blow moulding, Extrusion, Calendaring, Casting, Coating.

Laboratory Work: Observation of Nucleation phenomenon in some organic and inorganic salts, Observation of Growth phenomenon of dendrites in transparent liquid, Estimation of cooling rates in different metallic systems, Structural analysis of different metals and alloys after mechanical working, Observation of weld zone in different metallic specimen, Synthesis of different ceramic powders, Observation of green density and sintered density in different metallic and ceramic compacts at different loads, Measurement of rheological properties of different polymers.

Recommended Books:
  • Chalmner, B., Principles of Solidification, Wiley (1977).
  • Degarmo, E.P., Black, J.T. Kosher R.A, Materials and Processing in Manufacturing, PHI (1986).
  • Martin, D.H. & Jones, Polymer Processing, Chapman and Hall (1989).
  • Fleming, M.C., Solidification Processing, McGraw Hill (1974)
  • Richerson, B.W., Modern Ceramic Engineering: Properties, Processing and Use in Design, Marcel Dekker (1983).