Course Information
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorThomas Kehagias
Course ID40000240

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Georgios Vekinis
Weekly Hours8
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
-The main objective of the course "Materials and socio-economic environment" is the analysis of the impact of materials science in society. Due to the fact that materials science involves different parts (research, education, technology, industrial exploitation) who mostly analyzed in the other courses, their effect on the economic and social status is a key factor that should be considered by a materials’ scientist. Therefore the complex relationship of materials - socio-economic environment is studied and analyzed through historical data, using examples, and through statistical analysis of economic data.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
- Metallic alloys. The Fe-C system. Perlitic transformation. Steels and alloyed steels. Thermal treatments. Martensitic transformation. Isothermal transformation. TTT-curves. Cast-irons. Physical properties and alloying phenomena. Natural ageing. Copper alloys. Brass. Bronzes. Light-metal alloys. Magnesium alloys. Aluminum alloys. Titanium alloys. Superalloys. Strengthening mechanisms. Powder metallurgy. Oxide-dispersion-strengthened superalloys. - Ceramic materials: Ceramic raw materials, ceramics and ceramic products. Ceramic industry labotatory controls. Properties of ceramic products. Ball mills, sintering furnaces for ceramics, high technology ceramics (HTc). - Amorphous materials. The amorphous state of mater. The formation of amorphous state, glass forming ability. Identification and verification of the amorphous state. Crystallinity, grain boundaries, grain size, nanocrystalline materials. Growth of amorphous materials, nucleation and crystal growth, TTT diagrams, glass transition thermodynamics and kinetics. Amorphous metallic alloys, growth, properties and applications. Crystallization of amorphous materials, examples. Properties of amorphous materials, the influence of heat treatment, surface crystallization, elasticity, viscosity, thermal stresses, annealing. - Materials and Economic-Social Environment: to analyze the impact of materials on the economic and social environment. In this course the technology, research, technological developments and the industrial exploitation of materials is studied with regard to the impact on the economy and social environment. During the course are analyzed historical data and studied relationships and interactions of industry materials with society both globally and within the Greek territory. Also the course includes the impact of education in materials science to economic growth and social development.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Written work - written exams
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
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