Checking date: 28/03/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Materials and their environmental impact
Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (Plan: 418 - Estudio: 256)


Department assigned to the subject: Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Chemical Basis of Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Industrial Materials
By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: 1. a systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of materials science and engineering. 2. coherent knowledge of materials science and engineering including some at the forefront of the branch in mechanical engineering. 3. awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. 4. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of materials science and engineering using established methods. 5. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments of materials science and engineering, interpret the data and draw conclusions. 6. workshop and laboratory skills in materials science and engineering. 7. demonstrate awareness of the health, safety and legal issues and responsibilities of engineering practice, the impact of engineering solutions in a societal and environmental context, and commit to professional ethics, responsibilities and norms of engineering practice.
Skills and learning outcomes
CB1. Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study CB2. Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CB3. Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues. CB5. Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy. CG1. Ability to solve problems with initiative, decision-making, creativity, critical reasoning and to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of Industrial Engineering. CG3. Ability to design a system, component or process in the field of Industrial Technologies to meet the required specifications CG4. Knowledge and ability to apply current legislation as well as the specifications, regulations and mandatory standards in the field of Industrial Engineering. CG5. Adequate knowledge of the concept of company, institutional and legal framework of the company. Organisation and management of companies. CG6. Applied knowledge of company organisation. CG8. Knowledge and ability to apply quality principles and methods. CG9. Knowledge and ability to apply computational and experimental tools for the analysis and quantification of Industrial Engineering problems. RA1. Knowledge and understanding: Have basic knowledge and understanding of science, mathematics and engineering within the industrial field, as well as knowledge and understanding of Mechanics, Solid and Structural Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Production Systems, Electronics and Automation, Industrial Organisation and Electrical Engineering. RA2. Engineering Analysis: To be able to identify engineering problems within the industrial field, recognise specifications, establish different resolution methods and select the most appropriate one for their solution RA3. Engineering Design: To be able to design industrial products that comply with the required specifications, collaborating with professionals in related technologies within multidisciplinary teams. RA4. Research and Innovation: To be able to use appropriate methods to carry out research and make innovative contributions in the field of Industrial Engineering. RA5. Engineering Applications: To be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems and design devices or processes in the field of industrial engineering in accordance with criteria of cost, quality, safety, efficiency and respect for the environment. RA6. Transversal Skills: To have the necessary skills for the practice of engineering in today's society.
Description of contents: programme
Topic 1: Environmental impact of materials. Life cycle of materials. The population and the materials. Reuse and recycling: circular economy. Solid industrial and urban waste. Separation and selection of the RSU. Complex waste: transport vehicles Topic 2: Recycling of metals and alloys. Integral cycle of metals. Secondary metallurgy Regeneration and welding of railway rail. Pyrometallurgy: Treatment of scrap steel. Recycled aluminum Recycled tin. Hydrometallurgy: Recycling of heavy metals. Recycled lead batteries. Recycling of batteries and batteries. Mercury management Topic 3. Recycling of ceramic materials. Separation and preparation of construction materials. Difference between glass and glass. Separation by colors. Recycling of glass. Manufacture of containers, fibers, microspheres ... Recycling of photovoltaic cells. Light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, and mercury lamps. Recycled battery: primary, Ni-Cd / Pb / battery Li-ion, ... Topic 4. Recycling of plastics and composites. Plastic separation treatment. Reuse of hot melts. Recycled thermostable. The "bio" plastics Separation of the elements of the composite materials. Recycled GFRP and CFRP. Reuse or recycling: the cases of tires and tetrabrik. Topic 5. Obtaining enriched uranium. Low activity wastes High activity wastes: ATC and Deep Burial. Decommissioning of a plant. Recycling of nuclear fuel. Map of the future of nuclear energy.
Learning activities and methodology
Master classes, personal and group work, student presentations; oriented to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge. - The course consists of lectures and practical classes in the classroom that will include the exhibition of work on topics related to Asigntura. (13 sessions - The student may apply for individual tutoring with his/her teachers prior appointment. - -All teaching materials (class transparencies, worksheets, practice scripts, and additional material) will be available through the Global Classroom 2 platform in advance.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • AMO KWADE . Recycling of Lithium Batteries. Springer. 2018
  • ENRIC VAZQUEZ . Progress of Recycling in the Built Environment. Springer.
  • HUGO MARCELO VEIT . Electronic Waste: Recycling techniques. Springer.
  • M. Seoánez. Tratado de reciclado y recuperación de productos de los residuos. Mundi-Prensa. 2000
  • SIMON AICHER, H-W. REINHARDT . Materials and joints in timber structures. Springer.
  • SUBRAMANIAN SENTHIKANNAN. Suatainable Innovation in Recycled Textiles. Springer. 2018
  • Varios. The McGraw-Hill recycling Handbook. McGraw-Hill . 1996
  • Varios. Gestion integral de residuos sólidos. McGraw-Hill. 1994

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.