The microstructure of a material determines an important set of properties like hardness, yield strength, ductility and fracture strength. Heat treatments offer an handle to engineer the microstructure and hence tailor the material for a specific set of properties, without changing the bulk composition. The workshop aims at introducing the concept of microstructure starting with basic concepts of crystal structure and phase transformation. Bulk and surface heat treatments will be covered in detail. Characterization of the microstructures obtained will taught using microscopy techniques and hardness tests.
Concurrently with the theory classes, lab sessions will be organized to keep in view the practical aspects of characterization and heat treatment.
Scholars from academia, industry and research organizations are expected to benefit equally from the workshop.