Fundamentals of Material Processing - Part 2

By Prof. Shashank Shekhar, Prof. Anshu Gaur   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 349
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the fundamentals involved in the processing of materials. Various materials processes are used in variety of industries to create and form materials for wide range of applications. There are some commonalities behind all these processes and the aim of this course is to go through these fundamental physics and materials science behind these processes so as to be able to understand, design and predict the outcome of these methods. At the end of this course, students should be able to answer the following questions: (a) What are the various fundamental material processing techniques and the science behind it; (b) What processing method to use for a given material and a given application.This course is offered in two parts of 20 hours each. First part of the course deals with Solidification and Powder Metallurgy, while the second part deals with Metal processing and Thin film deposition.

Intended audience  : Undergraduate Students and first year graduate students of following discipline: Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Prerequisite  : Under graduate level mathematics, thermodynamics
Industries Support : Manufacturing Companies, Iron and Steel companies, Automobile companies, Equipment manufacturers.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 15 Feb 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 15 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Module-1 (Metal Working)
Week-1: Stress and Strain Analysis and Yield Criteria
Week-2: Plastic Instability and Superplasticity
Week-3: Mechanics of metal working
Week-4: Friction and Formability and Case Studies

Module-2 (Thin film deposition)
Week-5: Introduction to Vacuum Technology; PVD
Week-6: Introduction to Plasma, PVD- Sputtering
Week-7: Chemical Vapor Deposition
Week-8: Special techniques and applications

Books and references

Metal Working:
(1)  W.F. Hosford and R.M. Caddell, Metal Forming- Mechanics & Metallurgy, Prentice Hall, Englewood- Cliffs, NJ, USA, 1983.
(2)  G.E. Dieter, Mechanical Metallurgy, McGraw Hill, Inc., London, UK, 1992.

Thin films deposition: 
(1) Material Science of Thin films by Milton Ohring
(2) VLSI Fabrication Principles by S. K. Ghandhi
(3) Thin Film Deposition – Principles and Practice by Donald L. Smith

Instructor bio

Prof. Shashank Shekhar

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Shashank Shekhar is an assistant professor at IIT Kanpur. He joined IITK in 2010 and has since taught manufacturing related courses to 2nd year, 3rd year as well as 4th year UG students. His research interest lies in thermomechanical processing, particularly severe plastic deformation using techniques like machining and constrained groove pressing.

Prof. Anshu Gaur

Prof. Anshu Gaur is an assistant professor at IIT Kanpur in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. He joined IITK in 2012 and has since taught Thin Film and Device fabrication related courses as departmental elective to 4th year UG students, MTech and PhD students of MSE and other departments. His research interest lies in area of  thin films and electronic materials and devices.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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