Research within the Department
Materials science is a highly interdisciplinary science that incorporates elements of physics, chemistry and mechanics. The behavior of a material depends on its properties. Different applications place different demands on the behavior, and hence on the properties, which in turn depends on the structure of the material. The structure can span length scales from individual atoms to those observed with the naked eye. The structure of the material depends not only on its chemical composition, or the method and manner by which it is treated, but is also affected by how it is used.
Materials science deals with the relationship between behavior - properties - structure-production. Therefore, the research spans several different areas of science such as quantum mechanics, solution chemistry, corrosion theory, metallurgy of steel and other metals, foundry technology, ceramics, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, energy, fracture mechanics and materials.
The research covers a wide range of material types, for example steel and aluminum alloys, hard metals and ceramics, magnets and materials for information storage, carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.
Research at the department is focused on the following key areas: fundamental growth mechanisms in metals solidification; meta-stable processes for producing in situ composites; porous metal solidification processes of continuous casting; the formation of segregation, and thermal stress analysis of metals properties; shrinkage and tensile strength close to the solidification temperature.