MSE 440/540 Processing of Metallic Materials

Fundamental concepts of solidification and their application to foundry and welding practices; metal forming concepts applied to forging, rolling, drawing, and sheet forming operations; machining mechanisms and methods; powder metallurgy; advanced processing methods including rapid solidification and mechanical alloying. Credit for both MAT 440 and MSE 540 is not allowed. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

MSE 360 Kinetic Processes in Materials, MSE 370 Microstructure of Inorganic Materials or consent of the instructor.

MSE 420 Mechanical Properties of Materials is a co-requisite for MSE 440.

• Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the physical principles related to processing of metallic materials such as solidification theory, metal forming theory, theory of chip formation in machining, etc.
  • Be familiar with common metal processing technologies both from classroom study and term paper research.
  • Be able to optimize the design of processing variables to obtain sound materials free from defects.

• Course Requirements

Examinations: Exam. 1: 30%;   Exam. 2: 30%;  Final (Comprehensive 70% new): 40%

• Textbook

Mikell P. Groover, “Introduction to Manufacturing Processes”, Wiley, 2012. ISBN 978-0-470-63228-4

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum computer specifications. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Yuntian T. Zhu, Professor
Materials Science Engineering
Box 7919
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-513-0559
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