Fundamentals of Material Processing - I

By Prof. Shashank Shekhar   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 482
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 fabrication.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate Students and first year graduate students of following discipline: Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering
PREREQUISITES:          Under graduate level mathematics, thermodynamics
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   Manufacturing Companies, Iron and Steel companies, Automobile companies, Equipment manufacturers.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 30 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1:
Introduction to Solidification, Thermodynamics and Kinetics (Homogeneous Nucleation)

Week 2:
Heat Flow (Single Crystal; Unidirectional Heat flow)
Week 3:
Composition Variation- Plane Front Solidification
Week 4:
Composition Variation- Cellular solidification in Single phase alloys

Week 5:
Plane front solidification of polyphase alloys; Fluid Flow
Week 6:
Introduction to Powder Processing; Powder characterization

Week 7:
Powder Characterization; Powder Fabrication; Powder Consolidation
Week 8:
Powder compaction; Sintering

Books and references

Solidification: (1) M.C. Flemmings, Solidification Processing, McGraw-Hill College, 1974.
(2) W. Kurz and D.J. Fisher, Fundamentals of Solidification, CRC Press, 1998.

Powder Metallurgy: (1) R.M. German, Powder Metallurgy Science, 2008.
(2) A. Upadhyaya, G.S. Upadhyaya, Powder Muetallurgy: Science Technology and Materials, 2011

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.

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: 24 October 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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