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KKE013 - Ceramics engineering
Keramiska material
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAEM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 09115
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 35

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination, part A 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c   31 May 2021 am J,  09 Oct 2020 am J,  27 Aug 2021 pm J
0211 Laboratory, part B 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    

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Uta Klement

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second 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

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
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

BSc in Mechanical Engineering
BSc in Chemical Engineering
BSc in Engineering Physics


Ceramics are non-organic non-metallic materials such as oxides, carbides, nitrides and borides. They are used in engineering, electronic and biomaterial applications as well as in porcelain, refractories and building materials. The course aims at giving a basic knowledge about ceramics as materials in general and in-depths knowledge about ceramics for engineering applications.

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

- explain how crystal structure and chemical bonding give ceramics their typical properties
- fabricate a ceramic component in the lab by using standard ceramic processing methods
- describe the behaviours of fine (micro- of nanosized) powders, granulates, and powder dispersions and be familiar with the basic uses of colloid chemistry in the processing of fine powders
- explain the driving forces for sintering and be familiar with commonly used sintering methods
- select proper forming methods based on the geometric design of a ceramic component
- analyse the fracture surface of a ceramic component and recognize typical fracture origins
- have a basic knowledge about how ceramics are used in electronic applications as insulators, dielectrics, piezoelectrics and magnets and be able to describe the structural properties that makes this possible
- explin how mechanical properties are measured in brittle materials and be able to evaluate and compare strength data from different sources
- describe how fracture toughening mechanisms such as transformation toughening and crack deflection can be used to strengthen ceramics


The course starts with a review of ceramic applications that demonstrates that we often are unaware of that we are surrounded by ceramic products. New applications are reviewed that show how ceramics often are used as key components in new products with enhanced properties. For example, how ceramic products play an important role in the development of fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles as well as in miniaturized high-tech electronics. A foundation in crystal structures is used to explain the typical properties of ceramics. Mechanical, thermal, electric, magnetic and optical properties are reviewed and connected to the structure of the materials and to practical applications. A special emphasis is given to that ceramics are brittle materials and nevertheless can be used in highly stressed mechanical application. The possibilities as well as the limitations for using ceramics in wear, corrosion and high temperature applications are outlined. Ceramics are produced as components rather than as bulk materials. This makes it important to understand the processing of ceramics from raw materials and powder preparation, to forming of powder bodies via sintering and finishing operations. The lab work will give a hands-on experience of processing of ceramic materials (powder preparation, tape casting, slip casting, pressing, sintering etc.). Lab work demonstrates how colloid chemistry and organic additives are used in the processing of ceramic materials. Ceramic components that are fabricated in one of the labs and are later examined regarding strength and fracture toughness in another lab. One tutorial deals with the calculation of mechanical properties such as strength, Weibull statistics, static fatigue and slow crack growth. Other tutorials deal with the use of ceramic phase diagrams and material selection and design.


The course includes about 30 lecture hours, 3 tutorials and 5 labs. The course will be concentrated to 9 full days spread out through the study period. The course is given by Swerea IVF, Ceramics located at Argongatan 30 in Mölndal (30 minutes with bus from Chalmers Campus Johanneberg).


D W Richerson: Modern Ceramic Engineering, 3. ed., London 2005 (ISBN 1574446932),
Laboration instructions in Engineering Ceramics, Göteborg.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination is based on a written exam.

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