Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering



First Advisor

Professor J. George Grunenfelder

Second Advisor

Professor Curtis Graverson

Third Advisor

Professor Ralph Smith


If, in a system at a giv­en temperature, there should occur a decrease in free energy and this decrease does not take place, then the resulting condition of the system is termed supercooling. A common example of the phenomenon is found in the liquid-to-solid transition of many substances, when the temperature of the liquid may be lowered below its freezing point without solidification. Similar phenomenon occurs in the gas-to- liquid, gas-to-solid, and polymorphic transformations.