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Syllabus for

Academic year
MTT025 - Materials for light weight design
Syllabus adopted 2008-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology, Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0106 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   16 Dec 2008 am M,  15 Apr 2009 am V,  28 Aug 2009 am V
0206 Design exercise + laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Univ lektor  Mats Norell

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Materials Science and Engineering M, part A and B or


The course describes how the relation between density, mechanical properties and product design affects the material selection. The aim of the couse is to give both a wider and more in-depth knowledge on the materials suitable for lightweight engineering structures. The properties of metalic alloys with low density (Al, Mg, and Ti alloys), high strength iron based alloys and advanced polymeric materials are discussed in relation to their structure. Further, the aim is to provide a substantial in-depth understanding of common polymer processing techniques and their effect on the morpholgy and properties of the material.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course, the participants should be able to motivate materials selection for a component in a given application. They should be able to describe how the material should be processed to have appropriate properties. They should be familiar with how the product design can interact with the material properties. A fundamental understanding of important test methods for materials should be attained.


The course starts off with a systematic review of how the weight of a structure can result from the product design and the material properties in combination.

An extensive laboratory program is included to characterise the structure and properties of materials. Typical mechanical properties of metals and polymers are compared in a laboratory work. This is compared to the material structure and fracture appearances of the same materials by using secondary electron microscopy (SEM) in another work. Further the rheology, extrusion and injection moulding of polymers are examined. The analytical methods used in the laboratory works are also presented in lectures.

The course deals with several types of metallic alloys that can be used to get a low component weight. The relation between the mechanical properties and the density is of vital importance. The course looks at how the properties are affected by the alloys composition, production, heat treatment and structure as well as the product design to some extent. Concerning alloys with low density the emphasis is on Al- and Mg-alloys were also corrosion is considered. Titanium alloys are introduced. The section on high strength iron based alloys focuses on high strength sheet steel and austempered ductile iron (ADI).

The course provides a deepening within polymer technology with regard to characteristics and applications of important engineering polymers such as polyamides, polyacetal, polycarbonate, PET etc. A broadening of the material perspective is attained with a section on polymer-based composites. The manufacturing processes extrusion and injection moulding are dealt with in detail in terms of engineering aspects and the influence on the material properties. The studies on processing begin with a section on melt rheology, both fundamental aspects and applications.


The course includes lectures, tutorials laboratory sessions and a project.


To be announced when the course starts.


Written examination and approved laboratory sessions and project.
System for attestation: TH.

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