Checking date: 28/03/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Materials Technology
Dual Bachelor in Engineering Physics and Industrial Technologies Engineering (Plan: 455 - Estudio: 370)


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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Materials Science and Engineering
Competences: In general, the student must develop skills and master the knowledge associated to the manufacture of components for specific applications. Specifically, the student must acquire the knowledge and skills associated to materials technology. This implies: 1) to acquire the knowledge of the fundamentals of science, technology and chemistry of materials and 2) to understand the relationship among microstructure, synthesis and/or processing and the properties of the materials. Furthermore, during the course, other skills will be promoted: - Ability to analyze and solve complex problems, encouraging skills for searching, understanding and identifying the most relevant information and analyzing and interpreting results obtained to reach a final decision. - Ability to correlate multidisciplinary knowledge to solve technological problems. Learning results: Acquisition of knowledge and skills to apply materials engineering in the achievement of components for specific applications. In more detail: - Ability to select the proper material for a specific application. - Ability to select a forming process for a particular material, considering size, shape, properties and final application. - Knowledge of the different joining processes, excluding mechanical fastening methods, understanding the chemical and/or metallurgical processes involved. - Knowledge of failure possibilities linked to in-service behavior, providing the capability to determine the cause of failure. - Knowledge of inspection and testing methods.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Block I: Introduction to Materials Technology 1. Introduction to the subject Block II: Engineering alloys 2. Ferrous alloys - Low-alloy steels - High-alloy steels - Stainless steels - Tool steels - Cast irons (white iron, gray iron, malleable iron, ductile iron) 3. Non-ferrous alloys - Aluminum Alloys - Titanium Alloys - Copper alloys (brass, bronzes) Block III: Forming of materials 4. Fundamentals of forming by casting - Solidification - Formation of the ingot structure - Defects 5. Casting techniques - Permanent mold processes - Non-permanent mold processes - Influence of the casting process on microstructure and properties of materials - Continuous casting 6. Fundamentals of forming by plastic deformation - Factors affecting plastic deformation - Effects of plastic deformation - Strain hardening - Cold working - Recrystallization annealing - Hot working - Warm / Isothermal deformation - Superplasticity 7. Deformation Techniques - Rolling - Forging - Extrusion - Drawing 8. Powder Technology - Manufacturing, processing and properties of powders - Forming techniques - Sintering 9. Processing of ceramics - Processing for ceramic powders (cold/hot isostatic pressing, slip casting, tape casting, extrusion). - Thermal treatments (drying, firing) - Monocrystals - Preparation of thin films (PVD, CVD) 10. Processing of polymers - Basic principles polymers processing - Polymer forming processes - Additives - Plastics recycling 11. Processing of polymer matrix composites (PMC) - Fiber-reinforced composite materials - Open mold processes - Closed mold processes Block IV: Failure of materials 12. Fracture - Fracture types - Principles of fracture mechanics - Impact fracture testing: brittle-ductile transition - Problems on fracture 13. Fatigue - Cyclic stresses - The S-N curve - Crack initiation and propagation - Fatigue in components without crack - Fatigue in components with crack - Factors that affect fatigue life - Problems on fatigue 14. Creep - Concept of creep - Creep test: creep curves - Data extrapolation methods: Larson-Miller parameter - Mechanisms of creep - Problems on creep 15. Friction and wear - Tribology - Friction: adhesion theory - Wear: types and mechanisms - Friction and wear tests - Lubrication 16. Corrosion of metals - General concepts of corrosion - Dry corrosion (mechanism, protective oxides, affected sectors) - Electrochemical corrosion (thermodynamics and mechanism, factors that produce a corrosion cell) - Types of corrosion - Protection against corrosion Block V: Joining techniques 17. Welding - Welding metallurgy - Defects in welding - Welding techniques 18. Adhesives - Basic concepts of adhesives - Classification of adhesives - Formation of the adhesive bond - Mechanical behavior of the adhesive bond - Degradation of the adhesive bond Block VI: Surface treatments and coating 19. Surface treatments and coatings - Surface preparation and cleaning - Surface treatments that do not modify composition (flame hardening, induction hardening, laser hardening) - Surface treatments that modify composition (nitriding, carburizing, carbonitriding). - Coatings (galvanized, electrodeposition, organic coatings, thermal spray) Block VII: Non-destructive testing (NDT) 20. Non-destructive testing (NDT) - Introduction and classification - Visual inspection - Penetrating liquids - Magnetic particles - Induction currents: eddy currents - Radiography and scintigraphy - Ultrasounds
Learning activities and methodology
Master classes, reduced-group classes, individual tutorship and personal work of the student; focused on acquiring theoretical knowledge. Laboratory sessions, classes focused on solving problems, individual tutorships and personal work of the student; oriented to the acquisition of practical skills related to the program of the subject.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 55
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 45
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • M.F. Ashby, . Engineering materials.. Elsevier, . 2006
  • S. Kalpakjian, . Manufacturing engineering and technology.. Pearson Education, . 2014
  • W.D. Callister, Jr., . Materials Science and Engineering: an introduction. . Ed. John Wiley & Sons, . 2003
  • W.F. Smith, . Foundations of materials science and engineering.. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. 2010

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