Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Treatment of Special Steels and Alloys

Instructor:Igor Golovin

Course Summary

In the course examines the impact of the main types of thermal and thermo-mechanical treatment on the structure and properties of steel and iron-based special alloys. Analyzes the phase diagrams of multicomponent systems, the role of alloying elements, their separate and cumulative effect on the structure and properties after thermal and thermo-mechanical treatment of different modes. Solves the problem by selecting the optimum treatment of special steels and alloys to produce the desired properties.

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of practiceHours in laboratoryHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Course Content

  1. Introduction: main subjects and course problems
  2. Phase transformations and microstructure of carbon steels
  3. Phase transformations and structure of multicomponent steels
  4. Annealing and normalization of steel
  5. Martensitic, bainitic transformation and tempering
  6. Thermo-mechanical processing of steel
  7. The mechanical properties after thermal and thermo-mechanical treatment of steels
  8. Heat treatment for special steels
  9. Thermo-mechanical processing industry for special steels
  10. Independent decisions of individual tasks to prepare reports and presentations

Reading List

Primary textbook:

  1. David E. Laughlin, Hono Kazuhiro. Physical Metallurgy, Elsevier, 2014.

Additional textbooks:

  1. ASM HANDBOOK. Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels, and High-Performance Alloys. V.1. The Materials Information Company, 2010.
  2. The Deformation and Processing of Structural Materials. Edited by Z.X. Guo, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2005.


Class participation and homeworks35 %
Midterm tests and labs15 %
Final exam50 %