Properties of materials

Course Information
TitleΙΔΙΟΤΗΤΕΣ ΤΩΝ ΥΛΙΚΩΝ / Properties of materials
Interdepartmental ProgrammeProcesses and Technology of Advanced Materials
Collaborating SchoolsElectrical and Computer Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600004476

Programme of Study: Processes and Technology of Advanced Materials

Registered students: 25
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course117.5

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a unified picture of the properties of matter (mechanical, electrical, magnetic and optical), their interrelationships, and how they are connected to the structure of matter and the basic techniques that are necessary for their study.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
Course Content (Syllabus)
Mechanical properties of materials. Optimization methods of mechanical properties. Fracture and brittleness, stress intensity factor. High and low frequency fatigue. Fatigue of fractured materials. Creep and fracture creep, Exponential creep. Diagrams of deformation mechanisms. Electrical properties of materials. Metallic conductors (drift velocity, mobility, Ohm & Joule's laws, temperature dependence of conductivity, conductivity of alloys.) Energy distribution of free electrons (Pauli principle, free electrons, Fermi level, density of energy states, Fermi-Dirac statistic, energy distribution of electrons, contact potential of metals) Energy bands (wave functions, energy bands - energy gaps) Semiconductors (energy gap, intrinsic semiconductors, carrier density, conductivity, impurity semiconductors, drift and diffusion currents, p-n junction.) Magnetic properties of materials. Magnetic field, magnetic moment. Types of magnetism, ferromagnetism. Magnetic fields. Lagging, losses. Hard and soft magnetic materials. Superconductivity. Thermal properties of materials. Specific heat. Thermal conductivity. Thermal expansion coefficient. Heat capacity. Optical properties of materials. Electromagnetic (E/M) Spectrum, Maxwell's Equations, E/M wave and wave polarization, dielectric permittivity, magnetic susceptibility and their relation to the optical quantities of refractive index and absorption coefficient, Refraction and Reflection (angular dependence, Brewster angle, multiple reflections and Interference), Absorption, Scattering. Lorentz and Drude models. Atomic spectra, Fermi's golden rule and Einstein coefficients. Molecular Spectra, fluorescence/phosphorescence, vibrational and rotational spectra. Semiconductors, absorption, direct, indirect optical gap and excitonic absorption.
Materials, Properties
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment132.55.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
J. C. Anderson,K.D.Leaver, P.Leevers, R.D.Rawlings "Materials science for engineers" 5th ed.Nelson Thornes Ltd (2003) Safa O. Kasap, "ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΤΕΧΝΙΚΑ ΥΛΙΚΑ Αρχές & Εφαρμογές", 4η έκδοση, Εκδόσεις Τζιόλα, (2018) Mark Fox, “Optical Properties of Solids”, Oxford Master Series in Physics, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, (2010)
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