057.019 Modern diffraction methods for residual stress and structure analysis
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to apply and choose diffractionn methods; sample selection and preparation; independent self-organized experimental work; calculation and interpretation of results; proposing experiments; planning of preliminary (complementary) testing.

Subject of course

Basics of diffraction techniques on polycrystalline materials; microstructure and texture of heterogeneous materials; definition and qualification of residual stresses and their origins; texture in polycrystalline materials and its properties

X-ray diffraction in the lab; function principles; applicability and physical boundaries; residual stress calculation by sin2psi method; error determination; texture analysis

Alternative beam techniques; neutron radiation; synchrotron radiation; sources; detectors; sample environment; diffraction setup; analysis and calculation methods

Teaching methods

Diffraction experiments in the X-ray

Analysis of results

Writing of experimental proposals

Mode of examination




Examination modalities

Oral exam

Course registration

Not necessary


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