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SCP8083178, 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
SC1163, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FUNDAMENTALS OF MATERIALS SCIENCE
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 7.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Prerequisites: Chemistry, physics and mathematics courses of the first and second year.
Target skills and knowledge: The main objective of the course is to teach students the basic knowledge on the relationship between structure and properties of the different classes of materials. In particular, the relationships between the structure of metals, ceramics and polymers and their mechanical properties will be investigated. At the end of the course the student must be able to know how to interpret the two-component phase diagrams. Furthermore, it must have an overview of the main production processes of the various classes of materials.
Examination methods: Written exam consisting of two extended questions and five short questions. Furthermore there will be at least one exercise on the following topics: phase diagrams, thermo-mechanical properties, diffusion, structure.
Assessment criteria: The assessment will be based on the student's understanding of the arguments, on the acquisition of concepts and methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them in a conscious and autonomous.
Course unit contents: Structure of the materials: bonds, crystalline and amorphous structure, defects in the crystals.
Thermodynamics of solid state materials: phase diagrams, surface energy.
Phase transformations and diffusion. Glass transition.
Properties of materials: mechanical, thermal, corrosion, optical.
Different classes of materials and their processes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, classroom exercises, tutoring sections, class quizzes, schematics and concept maps.

Additional Information for students of the Bachelor of Materials Science
The course of Materials Science is divided into two modules. The module B is borrowed from the course of Fundamentals of Materials Science, and the module A is given by Prof. C. Marega. The program of module A is the following:
Introduction to Polymer Science. Definitions and terms relating to polymers. Classification of polymers. General information on solutions and fractionation. Methods for determination of average molecular weights: osmometry, light scattering, viscometry, GPC. Spectroscopic techniques, UV-Visible, IR, NMR. Amorphous polymers. Polymers and crystallinity. Thermal analysis (DSC, TGA). Wide and small angle X-ray diffraction. Optical and electron microscopy. Elements of linear viscoelasticity. Mechanical properties and their measurement. Rheology and rheometry.
The exam will be oral.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides of the course will be available from the moodle platform of DII. There will also be: diagrams, details on specific topics, solved exercises, examples of exam questions.

For students of the Bachelor of Materials Science the reference books for the Module A are:
Principles of Polimerization, G.Odian, Wiley-Interscience
Fondamenti di scienza dei polimeri, AIM-Pacini editore (1998)
Fundamental of Polymer Science: an Introductory Text, P: Painter, M.M.Coleman, CRS Press.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Massimo Guglielmi, Fondamenti di scienza dei materiali. --: Libreria Progetto, --. Copertina verde Cerca nel catalogo
  • Callister, William D.; Caneva, Claudio, Scienza e ingegneria dei materialiuna introduzioneWilliam D. Callisteredizione italiana a cura di Claudio Caneva. Napoli: EdiSES, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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