Phase Diagram Basics:

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Phase diagrams are maps of the equilibrium phases associated with various combinations of temperature and composition. Binary phase diagrams are two component maps widely used by engineers. They are helpful in predicting phase transformations and the resulting microstructures. At Virginia Tech binary phase diagrams are first studied in MSE 2034 and 2044, Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, and students continue to use these diagrams in other courses. Because these diagrams are fundamentally important, "Phase Diagram Basics" has been chosen as the topic for this years' 1996 MSE 2094 Team Class Project.: Team Picture

This paper is divided into four specific sections:

This project is intended to help students who are studying binary phase diagrams in MSE 2034 and 2044, Introduction to Material Science and Engineering, by providing additional information on phase diagrams. There are two ways to view this project: One way is to go through each page in the standard format and the other way is by utilizing frames. Frames requires an updated version of Netscape but provides you, our reader, a much more interactive experience such as a scrolling glossary and a list of sections. If you hit the back button on the netscape toolbar you will exit the frame format. You can remain in the frames format if you select "back in frame" with the mouse button.

A list of references is available as well as a list of similar web sites.

Materials Science & Engineering 2094, Spring 1996

Any comments and suggestions about the material presented above, please contact James Myers at and R.D. Kriz at

Faculty Advisors:
Ronald D. Kriz: Instructor and Director of the Laboratory of Scientific Visual Analysis
Guo Quan Lu: Guest lecturer on "Thermodynamics of Phase Diagrams"

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