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MMK232 - Metals engineering
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-19 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAEM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination, part A 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   23 Oct 2012 pm M,  15 Jan 2013 pm M,  27 Aug 2013 pm V
0211 Laboratory, part B 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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Docent  Eduard Hryha
Professor  Lars Nyborg
Univ lektor  Mats Norell


MMK231   Engineering metals


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

Basic courses in Materials technology or equivalent.


The aim of the course is to provide the participant with systematic and in-depth knowledge regarding engineering metals. The focus is placed on the correlation between microstructure, processing/manufacture and the resulting properties of engineering metals when used in different automotive and mechanical engineering applications. Issues covered are hardenability, heat treatment, surface properties and surface treatment/surface hardening, residual stresses and shape stability, brittleness, toughness, ductility, deformation behaviour, fatigue, fracture mechanisms, environmental impact on materials incl. corrosion. Materials covered are structural steel, stainless steel, tool steel, superalloys and other high performance alloys and powder technology.

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

Describe and understand the basic principles for microstructure design of engineering metals on advanced level
Apply this knowledge in various situations of potential importance in practical engineering (materials selection, materials optimisation, design of heat treatment, correlation material-product-performance)
Apply principles for different processes in order to create specific microstructure and properties
Apply basic oxidation and wear mechanisms for predicting the behaviour of engineering metals in various applications
Describe typical properties for different classes of engineering metals with particular emphasis on role of microstructure, its correlation to and applications and how this is monitored
Investigate and identify typical microstructures of the most important and commonly used engineering metals
Use optical microscopy on basic level for assessing metallic materials


An important part in the course is to acquire understanding how material properties are affected by different manufacturing process, heat treatment protocols and conditions for use in applications. This includes, for example, the impact of high and low temperatures, stress levels, and strain rates. The course aims at providing in-depth knowledge regarding properties and structure of metallic materiasl on advanced level and connects to subject areas adjacent to materials technology such as solid mechanics, machine design and manufacturing technology. In the course we also take benefit of advanced material and process modelling (JMatPro, Thermo-Calc, Deform, etc) for advanced prediction and modelling of phase constitution, properties and behaviour of metallic materials (steel, cast iron, aluminium alloys and nickel-base alloys, etc). Basic knowledge and training regarding optical microscopy with image analysis as a tool for investigation is also included.


The course includes a lecture series with integrated problem solving and guest lecture with emphais on materials engineering work in industry, three practical classes (heat treatment of steel, materials modelling and process modelling) and one microscopy laboration. The practical classes deals with heat treatment of high carbon steel, demonstration of property-structure relationsship using modelling software (Thermo-Calc, JMatPro) and modelling of metal cutting (Deform). The microscopy laboration focuses on practical investigation and understanding of cast aluminium. The course is run in English.


The course literature will be one text book complemented with e-book refences provided via Chalmers library and lecture hand-outs published via Ping-Pong and/or Student portal.


Written examination. Compulsory practicals.

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