Checking date: 11/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Materials science and engineering
Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering (280)

Coordinating teacher: ALVAREDO OLMOS, PAULA

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


1. Have knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of materials science, technology and chemistry. 2. Be aware of the multidisciplinary context of engineering. 3. Have the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate, and solve materials science, technology, and chemistry problems using established methods. 4. Have the ability to design and perform experiments to solve materials science, technology, and chemistry problems, interpret data, and draw conclusions. 5. Have technical and laboratory competencies in materials science, technology and chemistry. 6. Have the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools, and methods to solve materials science, technology, and chemistry problems. 7. Have the ability to combine theory and practice to solve materials science, technology and chemistry problems. 8. Have an understanding of applicable methods and techniques in materials science, technology and chemistry and their limitations.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 1. Materials Science and Engineering Framework. Concept 2. Types of Materials: Classification 3. Selection of materials 4. Relationship between structure, properties and processing Bonding in solids 1. Types of bonding in solids 2. Bonding nature and types of materials 3. Ionic bond 4. Partial covalent bond. 5. Metallic bond. Band theory and other theories Crystalline structures 1. Energy and crystalline lattices 2. Description of the crystaline structure 3. Main metallic structures. 4. Interstitial positions 5. Atomic positions, directions, and crystallographic planes 6. Comparison between FCC, HCP and BCC crystalline structures 7. Atomic density in crystals: linear, planar and volumetric Defects in solids 1. Perfect and imperfect crystals: thermodynamic considerations. 2. Types of defects 3. Point defects. 4. Linear defects. 5. Planar defects. 6. Solid solutions in metals and ceramics. Mass transport: diffusion. 1. Definition of solid state diffusion. 2. Diffusion mechanisms: substitutional and interstitial 3. Macroscopic laws governing diffusion. 4. Factors that influence the diffusion process: 5. Examples Phase equilibrium diagrams. 1. Basic concepts. Constituents, phases and components 2. Phase diagrams of one-component systems. 3. Binary Systems 4. Ceramic phase diagrams Charge Transport: Electrical Properties 1. Classification of materials based on their electrical properties. 2. Basic concepts. 3. Resistivity in Conductive Materials (metals) 4. Semiconductor materials. 5. Insulators and dielectric materials. Mechanical properties 1. What are mechanical properties? 2. How are they evaluated? Concept of stress and strain 3. Types of mechanical tests 4. Uniaxial tensile test: nominal stress and strain. 5. Hardening mechanisms Metallic Materials 1. Classification. Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. General characteristics of: 2. Obtaining metallic materials: Solidification: Nucleation and Growth 3.Forming by plastic deformation: Strain hardening 4. Steels: Transformations in equilibrium in the Fe-C system. 5. Steels: Transformations out of equilibrium in the Fe-C system. Ceramic materials 1. Classification. 2. Crystalline structures of ceramics: 3. Main ionic crystalline structures. 4. Structure of covalent ceramics. 5. Non-crystalline ceramic materials: glasses. 6. Behavior in service 7. Processing of ceramic materials Polymeric materials 1. General Characteristics 2. Polymerization 3. General concepts 4. Thermal transitions: Tm and Tg 5. Thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers 6. Mechanical behavior. 7. Processing of polymer materials Composite materials. 1. Classification according to the type of reinforcement and matrix 2. Type of constituents: 3. MC reinforced with particles (by dispersion and with particles) 4. Rule of mixtures 5. Fiber-reinforced MC 6. Elastic properties (MC with polymeric matrix and continuous fibers) 7. Structural materials (laminates and sandwich structures) 8. Applications and Limitations of MC 9. Processing of Composite Materials ¿
Learning activities and methodology
Masterly classes, classes to solve doubts in reduced groups, student presentations, individual tutorship and personal work of the student; oriented to acquire theoretical knowledge (3 ECTS credits). Laboratory classes, classes for solving problems in reduced groups; individual tutorship and personal work of the student; oriented to acquire practical knowledge related to subject program (3 ECTS credits).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • ASHBY MF, JONES DRH. Materiales para Ingeniería 1. Introducción a las propiedades, las aplicaciones y el diseño¿. Reverté. 2008.
  • ASKELAND DR.. "Ciencia e Ingeniería de los Materiales",. International Thomson, 4ª Edición, Madrid, 2001.
  • CALLISTER WD.. "Ciencia e Ingeniería de los Materiales". Vol. I,. Ed Reverté, 3ª Edición, Barcelona, 1995.
  • MANGONON PL.. ¿Ciencia de Materiales. Selección y Diseño¿.. Prentice Hall, 1ª Edición, Méjico, 2001.
  • SHACKELFORD JF.. "Introducción a la Ciencia de Materiales para ingenieros",. Prentice Hall, 4ª Edición, Madrid, 1998.
  • SMITH WF.. "Fundamentos de la Ciencia e Ingeniería de Materiales",. McGraw-Hill, 3ª Edición, Madrid, 2003.

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