Materials Science and Engineering Courses
Wudneh Admassu, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering (203B McClure Hall. 83844-3024; phone 208/885-6376).
MSE 101 Introduction to Metallurgy and Materials Science (2 cr)
Earth resources, metallurgy, materials science, and manufacturing. (Fall only)
MSE 201 Elements of Materials Science (3 cr)
Principles relating properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites to their structures.
Prereq: Chem 111
MSE 308 Thermodynamics of Materials (3 cr)
Intro; first, second, and third law; auxiliary functions; behavior of solutions; free energy composition and phase diagrams of binary systems; reaction equilibria in systems containing components in condensed solutions; ternary diagrams; thermodynamics of alloys and ceramic materials
MSE 313 Physical Metallurgy (4 cr)
Theory, structure, and properties of materials. (Fall only)
Prereq: MSE 201
MSE 340 Transport and Rate Processes I (4 cr)
See ChE 340.
MSE 341 Particulate Materials Processing (4 cr)
Engineering science of particulates; powder production, powder properties, separation; design of systems applied to metals, ores, and concentrates. Three lec and one hr of lab a wk; two 1-day field trips. Recommended Preparation: Phys 212, and Engr 240.
Prereq: Chem 112
Coreq: Math 310
MSE 344 Low Temperature Processing of Materials (3 cr)
Low temperature processing methods and objectives. Aqueous and non-aqueous (ionic liquids) processing systems. Solution thermodynamics. Solution purification and concentration methods. Synthesis of ceramic materials: electrolytic, precipitation, sol-gel methods. Thin film and bulk deposition methods. Surface preparation and deposition of discrete functional features (pillars, discs, dots). Electrochemistry in electronic chip interconnect technologies. Process design and analysis.
MSE 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
MSE 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
MSE J410/J510 Plasma Processing of Materials (3 cr)
Fundamentals of thermal plasma processing of materials; examples of current and future industrial applications. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Fall only)
MSE 412 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 cr)
Theories of elasticity and plasticity, dislocation based plastic deformation, strengthening mechanisms, mechanical properties of solids and relevant testing methods, failure processes and theories, fracture mechanics. Coordinated lecture-lab periods.
Prereq: MSE 201 and Junior Standing; or Permission
MSE J413/J513 Phase Transformation and Kinetics (3 cr)
Free energy minimization algorithms. Construction of phase diagrams for liquid and solid systems. Reaction kinetics in liquid and solid systems. Determination of reaction kinetics parameters (reaction order, activation energy, reaction rate constants, etc.). Coordinated lec-lab periods. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.
Prereq: Chem 112
MSE 415 Materials Selection and Design (3 cr)
Same as ME 415. Selection of materials for use in structural applications; consideration of environment, stress conditions, cost, and performance as guide to properties; optimization of choice of materials and fabrication methods; open-ended problems of real applications in various industries. Recommended Preparation: MSE 313 and MSE 456. (Spring only)
MSE 417 Instrumental Analysis (3 cr)
Principles and laboratory experiments in x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermal analysis, etc. (Fall only)
Prereq: Junior/Senior standing in an engineering discipline
MSE J421/J521 Light Metals (3 cr) WSU MSE 421
Principles behind the physical metallurgy of the light metals Al, Mg, Ti, Be; discussion of characteristics and applications of alloys based on these metals. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. Recommended Preparation: MSE 313. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
MSE J423/J523 Corrosion (3 cr)
Engineering aspects of corrosion and its control presented in ways of importance to a practicing engineer. Topics include corrosion economics, detecting and monitoring corrosion, regulations, specifications, safety. Emphasis on corrosion monitoring and corrosion fundamentals: chemical and electrochemical reactions; chemical and electrochemical equilibria-including Pourbaix diagrams; electrochemical kinetics. Selection and use of materials, from stainless steels to plastics. Failure analysis. Additional projects/assignments reqd for graduate credit. Coordinated lecture-lab periods.
MSE J427/J527 Ceramics Materials (3 cr)
Crystallography, ceramic crystal structures, phase diagrams, phase transformation; mechanical properties, thermal properties, electrical and magnetic properties. Additional projects/assignments reqd for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: MSE 313.
MSE 432 Fundamentals of Thin Film Fabrication (3 cr)
Physical deposition, chemical deposition, post deposition process, film characterization, and film properties. (Spring only)
Prereq: Senior standing or Permission
MSE 434 Fundamentals of Polymeric Materials (3 cr)
Polymer structure/property relationships and engineering applications. Topics include: overview of polymer chemistry and physics as they inform structure and properties for real-world applications, including sustainability considerations. Coordinated lecture-lab periods.
MSE J437/J537 Radiation Effects on Materials (3 cr)
Same as NE J437/J537. Interactions between radiation and solids.
Prereq: MSE 201 or Permission
MSE J438/J538 Fundamentals of Nuclear Materials (3 cr)
Same as NE J438/J538. This course is designed for students who wish to learn about nuclear materials and fuels from a materials science viewpoint. Topics to be covered include crystal structure, diffusion, radiation damage processes etc. Students who wish to receive credit for the 500 level course are required to do term-projects and advanced problems. (Spring only)
MSE 442 High Temperature Processing of Materials (3 cr)
High temperature processing methods and objectives. Sintering theory and practices. Heat treatment of materials (air, molten salts). Novel high temperature treatment methods including plasma processing. High temperature processing of materials of importance to electronic (production of ultrapure materials; ceramics) and nuclear energy (high temperature corrosion resistant materials) industries. Smelting of non-ferrous materials; smelting of ferrous materials; furnaces; flowsheet design and analysis.
MSE 453 Process Analysis and Design I (3 cr)
See ChE 453.
MSE 454 Process Analysis and Design II (3 cr)
See ChE 454.
MSE 456 Metallic Materials (3 cr)
Processes for extracting metals; various classes of metallic alloys; casting, powder metallurgy, mechanical working, and joining of metals. Emphasis on understanding relationship of processing, structure and properties. Some lab demonstration of metal fabrication processes included.
Prereq: MSE 313 or Permission
MSE J464/J564 Materials Physics and Engineering (3 cr)
Same as Phys J464/J564. Materials for circuits, Magnetism and magnetic materials, Ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials, Semiconductors, Optical properties of semiconductor for optoelectronics, thermal properties, electron band theory, superconductivity. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. (Spring only)
MSE 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)
MSE 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
MSE 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
MSE 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
MSE 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
MSE 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
MSE 510 Plasma Processing of Materials (3 cr)
See MSE J410/J510.
MSE 513 Phase Transformation and Kinetics (3 cr)
See MSE J413/J513.
MSE 516 Magnetic Materials (3 cr)
Study of paramagnetic, superparamagnetic, diamagnetic, ferrimagnetic, ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, magnetic anistropy, magnetostriction and the effect of stress, magnetic domain and magnetization process, induced magnetic anisotropy, magnetic fine particles, magnetic thin film, magnetization dynamics, hard magnet, soft magnet, magnetic recording, magnetic head, magnetic media, magneto-optical recording. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
MSE 521 Light Metals (3 cr)
See MSE J421/J521.
MSE 523 Corrosion (3 cr)
See MSE J423/J523.
MSE 527 Ceramic Materials (3 cr)
See MSE J427/J527.
MSE 537 Radiation Effects on Materials (3 cr)
See MSE J437/J537.
MSE 538 Fundamentals of Nuclear Materials (3 cr)
See MSE J438/J538.
MSE 539 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3 cr)
See ME 539.
MSE R550 Nuclear Reactor Fuels (3 cr)
Selection of materials and design of nuclear fuels, light water reactor fuels, metal and oxide dispersed fuels, high temperature ceramic fuels.
MSE 564 Materials Physics and Engineering (3 cr)
See MSE J464/J564.
MSE 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)
MSE 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)
MSE 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)