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Course unit
IN02105638, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0515, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
E-Learning website
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

Teacher in charge ENRICO BERNARDO ING-IND/22

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/21 Metallurgy 3.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 3.0

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.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
18 A.A. 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 BERNARDO ENRICO (Presidente)
COLOMBO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZI ANNA (Supplente)
MOZZON MIRTO (Supplente)
17 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FRANCHIN GIORGIA (Presidente)
BERNARDO ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course includes basic knowledge of General Chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: The student is expected to demonstrate that he has acquired knowledge about the main classes of materials for industrial use, their classification and designation. He should be able also to identify and quantify the characteristics that allow the selection of materials and/or heat treatment conditions according to the application.
Examination methods: The expected learning is verified by means of a written test. The test consists of 9 questions, on the whole program of the course. The 9 questions in turn consist of open-ended questions and exercises; the answers must stay within predetermined spaces, as follows:
- 5 questions and short exercises, which require an answer in a maximum of 3-4 lines; it is a matter of remembering fundamental definitions and descriptions, for which the precision and the ability to synthesize are greatly appreciated. Each short question corresponds to 2 points; one of the 5 questions contains an additional, optional request for a further point; the maximum score obtainable from the 5 short questions is therefore 10-11 points
- 3 exercises: this section involves the application of fundamental concepts concerning solidification and microstructure of alloys, thermal stresses and micro-mechanics of composites. Each exercise corresponds to 3 points; the maximum score obtainable from the three exercises is therefore 9 points
- 1 extended question, for a maximum of 12 points, which requires a structured (but, in any case, concise) answer, at most on one A4 facade; it refers to one of the numerous case studies concerning the engineering application of materials.
The sum of the scores from short questions, exercises and extended question determines the final grade. The maximum grade ("30/30 cum laude") is awarded for a final score of at least 31.5 points.
The written test can be replaced by two review tests, i.e. midterm review test and final review tests (the second test is carried out in correspondence with the first call). The first test is in "quiz mode", i.e. on 21 multiple choice questions (4 options, 1 valid only), on topics of the first part of the course (excluding composites); each question corresponds to 1.5 points (maximum = 31.5). The answer presupposes the full mastery of definitions and descriptions, or mathematical treatments. The second test consists of a written test with the same organization as the written exam test, but with questions and exercises related to the second part of the course only. The final grade is expressed as the average of the scores in the two review tests.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria consist of:
1. Completeness of the acquired knowledge
2. Property of technical terminology
3. Accuracy in the application of design criteria for materials belonging to different classes
Course unit contents: The course aims at providing basic knowledge concerning:
- Structure of solids: fundamentals concerning chemical bonds, crystalline structures of solids and their defects, definition of glass; diffusion in solids
- Mechanical behavior of materials: elements of mechanics of solids; elastic, elastoplastic and viscoelastic behavior; creep and fatigue failure
- Thermodynamic transformations: phase diagrams (general aspects and study of microstructural development upon cooling, iron / carbon diagram)
- Kinetic effects on microstructural development: heat treatments of steels, aluminum alloys and engineering ceramics; interpretation of vitrification and sintering of ceramics
- Overview of the most important structural metal materials, with details of typical applications
- General features of traditional and advanced ceramic materials, with details of typical applications
- General features of polymeric materials, with details on polymers of greater industrial use
- General features of composite materials, with details on micromechanics and composite types of significant industrial use
- Thermal properties (thermal conductivity, specific heat, thermal diffusivity, thermal expansion) and impact on mechanical behaviour (thermal stress, thermal shock) depending on the type and microstructure of materials
- Electrical properties according to the type and microstructure of materials (conductors, insulators, dielectrics, semiconductors)
- Magnetic properties depending on the type and microstructure of materials
- Optical properties depending on the type and microstructure of materials
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The teaching activities include classroom hours during which, on computer support (projected slides), the course contents are progressively presented. Demonstrations and examples of calculation are developed step by step on the blackboard. The teacher periodically assigns exercises in the form of multiple choice questions, for the optional verification by the students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material presented during the lessons (constituting the topics of the exam) is made available on the Moodle platform, in the form of slides (the same ones projected during the lessons) and reference book, in Italian.
Each lesson corresponds to a single chapter of the reference book and a single block of slides.
Various examples of exercise, including solutions, are available.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • E. Bernardo, G. Scarinci, Lezioni di Materiali per Ingegneria dell'Energia. Padova: --, 2018. (a disposizione in Moodle)
  • Shackelford, James F., Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali. Milano: Pearson Paravia, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)