The course is intended to provide fundamental knowledge on the properties of materials.
By the end of the course, the student should be able
-to describe the properties of different classes of materials and their relation to structure and microstructure
-to use and interpret pictures, graphs and tables of materials properties
-to perform relevant calculations
-to understand criteria of materials selection,
with emphasis on materials for electrotechnical and mechanical applications
Course Content (Syllabus)
Structure of solids: atoms, molecules and bonding, crystalline structure, structure defects, diffusion, phase diagrams.
Mechanical properties, metals and alloys, corrosion.
Electrical conductivity of materials: free electrons, metallic conductors, semiconductors, semiconductor materials and applications.
Dielectric materials: polarization, losses, breakdown, materials and applications.
Magnetic materials: magnetic moment, magnetic response, spontaneous magnetization, magnetic domains,
magnetically soft and hard materials, magnetic losses, applications
Optical properties and materials: optical absorption, photodiodes, solar cells, LEDs, laser diodes.
Advanced materials and technologies.
Availability and life cycle of materials - selection and design issues.
Additional bibliography for study
Understanding Materials Science, History • Properties • Applications, Rolf E. Hummel, Second Edition, Springer 2004
Fundamental Research in Materials Science, European Commission’s Research Area, European Materials White Book, Max Planck Institute, 2001