Engineering Materials Metals, 6 credits (TMKM12)

Konstruktionsmaterial, 6 hp

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Mikael Segersäll

Director of studies or equivalent

Mikael Segersäll
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6CMMM Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2017) 1 4 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Intended learning outcomes

This course aims at presenting students fundamentals in the field of materials science and engineering with emphasis on explaining the relationship between the structure of a material, its mechanical properties and its manufacturing process. Upon successful completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Describe and explain the structure of a material from atomic to macroscopic scale.
  • Discuss the mechanical properties of polymers and metallic material based on their structure.
  • Explain the relationship between the structure of a material and its mechanical properties as well as discuss the possibilities to modify the structure with help of different processes to obtain desired properties.
  • Determine and explain the microstructure obtained after phase transformation under equilibrium as well as non-equilibrium condition.
  • Describe the influence of temperature and aggressive environment on the use of material.
  • Analyze and discuss selection of materials for structure based on the knowledge introduced in this course.

Course content

Main engineering material classes, atomic bonding, mechanical properties and testing methods.
Metallic materials: crystal structure, defects in crystals, mechanisms and methods for strengthening, diffusion and case hardening, fracture, solidification, phase diagram, phase transformation in solid state, heat treatment, steel, cast iron, light alloys, superalloys, corrosion and prevention.
Material selection

Teaching and working methods

The course consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. A written examination is given at the end of the course.


LAB1Laboratory workU, G3 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Industrial material selection, Engineering materials - Deformation and fracture, Polymer materials, Engineering materials - New materials, Engineering materials for lightweight applications, Engineering Materials, Welding and Manufacturing Technology


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Mikael Segersäll


Mikael Segersäll

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 56 h
Recommended self-study hours: 104 h

Course literature

The Science and Engineering of Materials, SI edition, Donald R. Askeland, Pradeep P. Fulay, Wendelin J. Wright, Sixth Edition, Cengage Learning, 2011
The Science and Engineering of Materials, SI edition, Donald R. Askeland, Pradeep P. Fulay, Wendelin J. Wright, Sixth Edition, Cengage Learning, 2011
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 3 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits

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