Checking date: 07/06/2023

Course: 2024/2025

Materials science and engineering
Bachelor in Energy Engineering (Plan: 452 - Estudio: 280)

Coordinating teacher: ALVAREDO OLMOS, PAULA

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

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
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. CB4. Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. CB5. Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy. CG10. Being able to work in a multi-lingual and multidisciplinary environment CE2 Módulo CRI. Knowledge and abilities to apply the fundamentals of elasticity and materials resistance to the behavior of real solid structures. CE3 Módulo CRI. Knowledge and abilities for the application of materials science and engineering. CE18 Módulo CRI. Understanding of the relationship between the materials microstructure, synthesis or processing and their properties. CT1. Ability to communicate knowledge orally as well as in writing to a specialized and non-specialized public. CT2. Ability to establish good interpersonal communication and to work in multidisciplinary and international teams. CT3. Ability to organize and plan work, making appropriate decisions based on available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make sound judgement within the study area. CT4. Motivation and ability to commit to lifelong autonomous learning to enable graduates to adapt to any new situation. By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: RA1.1 knowledge and understanding of materials science and engineering fundamentals. RA1.4 awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. RA2.1 the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of materials science and engineering using established methods; RA4.2 the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; RA4.3 workshop and laboratory skills. RA5.1 the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods; RA5.2 the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of materials science and engineering; RA5.3 an understanding of applicable techniques and methods in materials science and engineering, and of their limitations;
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

Extraordinary call: regulations
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.

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