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Course unit
SCL1000788, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1174, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/21 Metallurgy 2.0
Core courses ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: The course requires the knowledge of the chemistry, physics and mathematics exams of the first and second year of the Bachelor's Degree in Materials Science, as well as the coourse of Materials Science of the third year.
Target skills and knowledge: Provide knowledge on the main technologies used in the production and engineering of ceramic materials, glass and composites. In addition, problems related to the selection of materials and designing with materials for some case studies will be addressed.
Examination methods: Oral exam with at least three open questions on: glass technology, ceramic technology, composites technology, selection of materials.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student will be based on the understanding of the arguments, on the acquisition of the concepts and methodologies proposed and on the ability to apply them in a conscious and autonomous way.
Course unit contents: Ceramic materials: production processes, mechanical properties, defects.
Glass: production processes (flat glass, hollow glass, fibers), mechanical properties, chemical properties and degradation.
Composites: production processes of polymer and ceramic matrix composites, mechanical properties. Nanocomposites.
Introduction to the selection and design of materials.

1. Sintering of a structural ceramic material and evaluation of its mechanical strength.
2. Melting process of a colored glass and characterization of its optical properties.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, lab classes, case studies on specific components, video projection, visits to local companies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Handouts and slides provided by the teacher. All the teaching material presented during the hours of lectures will be made available on the teacher's website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ashby, M. F.; Poli, Giorgio, <<La >>scelta dei materiali nella progettazione industrialeMichael F. Ashbyedizione italiana a cura di Giorgio Poli. Milano: CEA, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action