Course detail

Theory of Phase Transformations

FSI-9WTFAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject carries on and crowns similar items included in the magister degree of study. In a thorough way and using detail analyses it applies principles of chemical thermodynamics and diffusion, theories of reaction rates and phase interface, as well as statistical theories of transitions when dealing with complicated and less common phase transformations, e.g.spinodal decomposition, atomic ordering, high pressure phase transformations.The links between final structure and properties of the materials are not omitted.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Subject outcomes: broadened and deepened understanding and knowleddge of the principles of chemical thermodynamics, kinetics and diffusion applied to phase transformations occuring in various types of materials. New findings about less current types of phase transformtions. Application-oriented skills enabling the design and use of phase transformations when striving for desired structure and properties of materials.


Basic knowledge of the principles of chemical thermodynamics, theory of reaction rates and diffussion applied to main phase transformations occuring in the iron - carbon systemes and alloys.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Cahn, R. W. - Haasen, P. - Krammer, E. J. : Materials Science and Technology. Vol. 5, Vol. Editor Haasen, P.: Phase Transformations in Materials. (EN)
Ashby, M. F. - Jones, D. R. H.: .: Engineering Materials, an Introduction to their Properties and Applications. Vol. 1,2, , 0
Ohring, M.: Engineering Materials Science. , , 0
Porter, D. A. - Easterling, K. E. : Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys. (EN)
Christian, J. W.: The Theory of Transformations in Metals and Alloys. (EN)
Callister, W. D. Jr.: Material Science and Engineering. An Introduction. 3rd Edition, , , 0
Ptáček, L. a kol.: Nauka o materiálu I, II (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Periodic tutorials - continuous monitoring of the learning process and progress. Solving given problems. Approving application skills. Final assessment by means of professional discourse.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


This subject aims to accomplish the treatment and undestanding of phase transformations occuring in certain types of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites). In many cases these materials have been developed independently. Anyhow, similarities found among the principles underlying various disciplines and procedures have led to the discovery of common phenomena and mechanisms. To offer deep knowledge of them together with application-oriented skills are the main goals of this subject.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Regular individual consultations possible after previos agreement with lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Principles of chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, diffusion and statistical theories of phase transitions
2. Application for explaining the nature and meaning of selected phase transformations, difusion and difusion less transformations.
3. Nonspinodal and spinodal decomposition of oversaturated solid solutions.
4. Atomic ordering in solid solutions
5. High pressure phase transformations
6. Phase transformation under non-equilibrium conditions.
7. Methods of phase transformation investigations.
Particular focusation and depth of the studied stugg will be adjusted according to PhD thesis aims.