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Unit of competency details

MSATCM304A - Interpret basic binary phase diagrams (Release 1)

Summary

Usage recommendation:
Current
Release Status:
Current
Releases:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 01/Dec/2005

Training packages that include this unit

CodeTitleSort Table listing Training packages that include this unit by the Title columnRelease
MSA07 - Manufacturing Training PackageManufacturing Training Package 6.0-8.4 
MEM05 - Metal and Engineering Training PackageMetal and Engineering Training Package 3.0-11.1 
MEM - Manufacturing and EngineeringManufacturing and Engineering 2.0 

Classifications

SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030713 Metal Casting And Patternmaking  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 030713 Metal Casting And Patternmaking  05/May/2010 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit Descriptor 

This unit covers the knowledge and skills needed to interpret phase diagrams and so predict the microstructures of binary alloys.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

This unit applies to the interpretation of cooling phase diagrams as used in metallurgy. The application will primarily be to phase diagrams of metals and alloys showing temperature and composition variables. In a typical scenario, a metallurgical technician will be required to recommend a phase transition process in order to obtain a required microstructure, or to predict a microstructure from a known phase transition process.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.

Pre-Requisites

Pre-requisite Units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability Skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

ELEMENT 

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA 

1. Identify the microstructures from an equilibrium cooling phase diagram

1.1. Phase diagram for metal or alloy is obtained from internal or external sources

1.2. Identify number, composition, proportion and structural arrangement of phases in binary alloys.

1.3. Describe structural changes due to varying proportion of alloying elements and temperature.

1.4. Describe the phase changes and final microstructures of binary alloys cooled under equilibrium conditions from the melt or during heat treatment operations.

2. Identify the microstructures from a non equilibrium cooling phase diagram

2.1. Identify number, composition, proportion and structural arrangement of phases in binary alloys.

2.2. Describe structural changes due to varying proportion of alloying elements and temperature.

2.3. Describe the phase changes and final microstructures of binary alloys cooled under equilibrium conditions from the melt or during heat treatment operations.

3. Recognise characteristic microstructures of binary alloys

3.1. .Recognise characteristic structures of dendrites (homogeneous and cored) columnar and equiaxed grains.

3.2. Recognise characteristic structures resulting from eutectic, eutectoid and peritectic reactions.

3.3. Recognise characteristic structures resulting from solid state precipitation.

Required Skills and Knowledge

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required skills :

  • produce a basic cooling phase diagram from supplied data
  • estimate composition from the structure of a phase diagram
  • predict structure from the composition from a phase diagram

Required knowledge :

Competency includes sufficient knowledge of:

  • methods of construction of phase diagrams for binary alloys.
  • the phase changes that occur in binary alloy systems as recorded by the appropriate phase diagrams.
  • the equilibrium and non equilibrium cooling of binary alloys and the resulting microstructures in cast and heat treated material.

Evidence Guide

EVIDENCE GUIDE 

The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

The person will be able to interpret binary phase diagrams. Assessment may be by workplace project, case study or suitable alternative.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

It is essential that competence is demonstrated in the ability to:

  • recognise and use correct scientific terminology in regards to phase diagrams
  • source phase diagrams and other reference material from internal or external sources
  • use phase diagrams to interpret intermediate and final phase structures of binary alloys

Relationship to other units 

This unit may be assessed concurrently with other relevant units.

Assessment method and context 

Assessors must be satisfied that the person can consistently perform the unit as a whole, as defined by the elements, performance criteria, skills and knowledge. A holistic approach should be taken to the assessment.

Assessors should gather sufficient, fair, valid, reliable, authentic and current evidence from a range of sources. Sources of evidence may include direct observation, reports from supervisors, peers and colleagues, project work, samples, organisation records and questioning. Assessment should not require language, literacy or numeracy skills beyond those required for the unit.

The assessee will have access to all techniques, procedures, information, resources and aids which would normally be available in the workplace. The method of assessment should be discussed and agreed with the assessee prior to the commencement of assessment.

Resource implications 

This section should be read in conjunction with the range of variables for this unit of competency. Resources required include suitable access to an operating plant or equipment that allows for appropriate and realistic simulation. A bank of case studies/scenarios and questions will also be required to the extent that they form part of the assessment method. Questioning may take place either in the workplace, or in an adjacent, quiet facility such as an office or lunchroom. No other special resources are required.

Range Statement

RANGE STATEMENT 

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Codes of practice /standards 

Where reference is made to industry codes of practice, and/or Australian/international standards, it is expected the latest version will be used.

Scientific techniques and principles of cooling phase diagrams relate to 

  • Equilibrium phase diagrams
  • Non-equilibrium phase diagrams
  • Effect of temperature and alloying elements on structural changes
  • Structures of homogenous and cored dendrites
  • Structures of columnar and equiaxed grains
  • Eutectic, eutectoid and peritectic reactions

Unit Sector(s)

Unit Sector 

Metallurgy

Competency field

Competency Field 

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite Units