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School of Engineering
Course unit
INP8083385, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0523, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPUTATIONAL MATERIAL SCIENCE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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

Teacher in charge LUCIA NICOLA ING-IND/21

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/21 Metallurgy 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 NICOLA LUCIA (Presidente)
SIMONE ANGELO (Membro Effettivo)

Target skills and knowledge: Students will be able to explain the basic principles of the numerical methods presented in class and identify their field of applicability and limitations. Also, the students will be capable to write and modify very short computer programs (in MatLAB) to solve problems in the field of material science with a stronger focus on metal plasticity. The students will be able to
present their results and discuss them with critical attitude.
Examination methods: The students will present and discuss the results of their computer simulations (three assignments) in a report, which will be evaluated and discussed during the exam with the lecturer.
Assessment criteria: The students will use computer programs to solve problems in the field of mechanics of materials and will present and discuss their results in a couple of short reports. The oral examination
will focus on the discussion of the reports. Additionally, the students will deepen their knowledge of the numerical methods by studying, presenting in class, and discussing a couple of scientific papers of their choice. The final grade will consist of the grade of the reports, the oral exam, and the presentation and discussion of the scientific papers.
Course unit contents: Modeling at different scales. Difference between discrete and continuum models. The random walk model for diffusion. Finite systems and periodic boundary conditions. Interatomic potentials. Basics and applications of molecular dynamics. Basics and applications of discrete dislocation plasticity. Basics and applications of the finite element method.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: lectures, numerical exercises, presentation and discussion of scientific papers.
Additional notes about suggested reading: the slides will be available for download
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)