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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
LMS586 - Material science, advanced course
Materialteknik, fortsättningskurs
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-27 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 65119
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: B+
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0103 Intermediate test 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

TIMAL MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Machine Design, Year 3 (compulsory)


Christer Persson

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses LMS589 Material science and TME255 Strength of materials, or equivalent knowledge.


The course will provide deeper knowledge of the properties of the most common steels and the most common light alloys and how the most common manufacturing methods affect the mechanical properties. Central to the course is the designer's requirements for mechanical properties and principles of materials selection.

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

  • get a deeper understanding of modern steels, how they are manufactured and how the manufacturing process can alter the mechanical properties.
  • get a better understanding of the light materials.
  • understand how the properties in polymeric materials are developed.
  • comprehension of what manufacturing process that exist for polymers.
  • identify environmental and sustainable issues for metallic and polymeric materials.
  • carry out materials and process selection for a component.


The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of how standard manufacturing methods affects mechanical properties and how this can be applied to the choice of material. The essence of the course is the mechanical property requirements of the designer and rules for selecting material. It should, on completion of the course, be clear how various manufacturing processes deviate from the properties of standard sheets. To enable this, a more in depth understanding of polymeric materials and the fatigue properties of construction materials is required in addition to the basic course. The specialisation in polymeric materials includes learning about the effect of manufacturing processes on properties, e.g. the effect of fibre reinforced compounds on properties dependent on the application of such fibres. As regards fatigue properties, the course focuses on the influence of geometric design and how various material defects alter the life span of the component. The knowledge should then be applied to the selection of materials. Both computer based and conventional methods should at this point be highlighted and used in different situations.


The first part of the course is carried throw in a conventional manner with lecture, exercises. A major assignment is carried through where materials selection and manufacturing processes is the main objective. The assignments are handed out at the beginning of the course. Design tools as FEM/CAD shall be used if possible in a other cases are handbooks for stress and strain used. Sophisticated computer tools are not the primary target for the course.


Literature is decided at the course start. The literature list is selected from the electronic books at the library.

Examination including compulsory elements

The two first parts will be examined orally. A design assignment is carried through and presented orally and in writing. The assignments quality is weighed together with orally examined parts to a final grade. Grades can be: not passed, 3, 4 or 5.

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