Week 1: Introduction, Pure Aluminium, Extraction of Aluminium, Removal of impurities, Alloy Designations, Cast Alloys, Al-Si alloys, Modification of Al-Si alloys
Week 2: Modifying Al-Si alloys, Alloy designations, Solid solution strengthening, Mechanisms of Solid solution strengthening. Buildup of solute atmosphere, Yield point phenomena, Strain aging, Cottrel-Bilby theory of strain aging.
Week 3: Portevin–Le Chatelier (PLC) effect, Dynamic Strain Aging (DSA), Penning theory of DSA, Precipitation hardening – Introduction.
Week 4: Precipitation hardening, T-T-T diagram of precipitation, Alloy tempers, GP zones, Natural Aging. Mechanisms of Precipitation hardening, Precipitation hardenable Alloys, Precipitation sequence.
Week 5: Properties of 7XXX series alloys; Precipitation sequence in 8XXX series alloys, Order strengthening in Al-Li alloys, Strain Hardening. Recovery & Recrystallization.
Week 6: Nucleation and Growth in Recrystallization, Dynamic Recrystallization, DDRX, CDRX, GDRX.
Week 7: Grain refinement strengthening, Grain refinement methods, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Nucleation, Grain refinement by Melt inoculation.
Week 8: Mechanisms of grain refinement by melt inoculation, Fading & Poisoning, Grain refinement by melt vibration, Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD), Dynamic recrystallization in SPD.
Week 9: Metal Matrix Composites (MMC): Definition of composite, Processing of MMCs: Liquid state processing, Stir casting, Melt infiltration. Spray deposition, Solid state and Vapor state processing, Spray deposition, CVD and PVD. Insitu Composites. Particle bonding and distribution in MMCs.
Week 10: Properties of Metal Matrix Composites, Rule of mixtures, Strengthening Mechanisms in MMCs.
Week 11: Fracture Behavior of composites, Ductile Fracture of Metals, Fracture Behavior of Discontinuously Reinforced Composites.
Week 12: Fatigue, Fatigue Behavior of MMCs