Dr. Carl C. Koch

Dr. Carl Koch

Materials Science and Engineering

Phone: 919-515-7340
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MSE 540 Processing of Metallic Materials

3 Credit Hours

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, mechanical alloying, and additive manufacturing. Credit for both MAT 440 and MSE 540 is not allowed.


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 440/540.

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


  • Exam. 1: 25%
  • Exam. 2: 25%
  • Exam. 3: 25%

Homework: 10%
Term paper: 15%


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