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Engineering Materials Science using Neutrons

Course Code: GSn_008
English Course Title: Engineering Materials Science using Neutrons
Svenskt Kursnamn: Neutronmetoder för materialteknik
Credits: 5 hp
Arranged by: Linköping University, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Techology

Educational Level: Third Cycle
Subject Area: Neutron Scattering
Grade Scale: Pass/Fail

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the course, the student should have

  • Understanding of working principles of the presented neutron techniques
  • Knowledge of the general data acquisition procedure, preliminary data analysis and main error sources
  • Understanding of the uniqueness and limitation of these neutron techniques in comparison with other complementary techniques
  • General knowledge of how these techniques can be applied to engineering materials and problems

Course Main Content:
The course deals with the following applications of scattering techniques in the field of engineering materials science:
Part I Phase and texture analysis by neutron diffraction
Part II Residual stress determination by neutron diffraction
Part III Neutron small angle scattering and imaging for engineering materials

The related neutron techniques will be presented with focus on the working principle, instrumentation, data acquisition and analysis, and application examples related to engineering materials and problems.

The course consists of lectures, demonstration lab in X-ray laboratories, and assignments.

Teaching Language: English

Primary: PhD students within SwedNess
Secondary: Other PhD students at Swedish/Nordic institutions
Prior knowledge in powder diffraction is useful.


  • Course book: Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation in Engineering Materials Science from Fundamentals to Applications, by Peter Staron, Andreas Schreyer, Helmut Clemens, and Svea Mayer. 2nd Ed. WILEY-VCH, Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2017
  • Suggested books for further reading:
    • Residual Stress Measurement by Diffraction and Interpretation by I.C. Noyan and J. B. Cohen, Springer – Verlag
    • Introduction to texture analysis
  • Selected articles

Peter Hedström, KTH
Ru Lin Peng, LiU
Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander, CTH
Invited lecturers

Hand-in assignments
Lab reports
Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

Requirements for final grade:
Approved assignments and lab reports

Ru Peng ru.peng@liu.se
Peter Hedström pheds@kth.se
Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander magnus.colliander@chalmers.se

Ru Peng ru.peng@liu.se

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