We begin by outlining the engineering materials course at Cambridge. We show that much of this course overlaps with thermodynamics. Three case studies are presented — on creep, diffusion, and solidification — which illustrate how thermodynamics, coupled with simple kinetic theory, can greatly aid a student’s understanding of the underlying physical processes.
KeywordsContinuum Approach Diffusion Creep Fast Fracture Free Energy Gradient Kinetic Theory Approach
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