Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Laboratory course in metallurgy

Overall Course Objectives

To supplement the theory from basic materials science: 41650/41657/41659/41681/41680.
To enable the students to carry out micro- and macroscopic investigations of metallic materials and identify the microstructure of metals that have been subjected to a combination of processes (casting, rolling, forming, joining, heat treatment). Evaluation of the results in terms of the relationship between processing, microstructure and properties.

Learning Objectives

  • identify metallographic methods to characterize the microstructure of metallic materials
  • understand the operation and calibration of standard metallurgical microscopes
  • describe methods for measuring of mechanical properties and interprete the results
  • analyze the microstructure after metallurgical processing
  • use phase diagrams and interpret phase transformations during heat treatment processes
  • apply standard metallographic methods and mechanical testing at a basic level to investigate microstructure and properties of metals and alloys
  • explain the relation between process, microstructure and mechanical properties for specific alloys
  • analyze a metallurgical problem
  • propose and substantiate a solution for a metallurgical problem through experimental investigation
  • learn and apply both English and Danish terminology to describe and document core subject matter in Materials Science and Engineering

Course Content

In the first week the students are trained in metallographic methods, e.g. use of light optical microscopy and sample preparation, electron microscopy and chemical element analysis. With these methods, exercises in phase diagrams, phase transformations, heat treatment, strengthening, deformation and mechanical failure are carried out. Additional project work in small groups on a self-selected topic is included under supervision of a materials researcher.

Recommended prerequisites

41650/41657/41659/41681/41680, basic materials science and engineering

Teaching Method

Laboratory work + project work in the 3rd week


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 8, Maximum: 16.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41651
Course type Bachelor

7.500,00 DKK

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