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MMK232 - Metals engineering
Metalliska material, fortsättningskurs
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 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
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering

Course round 1

Teaching language: English
Application code: 09117
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: C

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   28 Oct 2021 pm J,  04 Jan 2022 am J,  23 Aug 2022 pm J
0211 Laboratory, part B 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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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

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 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 materials 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 initial benefit of advanced material and process modelling (JMatPro, Thermo-Calc, Deform, etc) for 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 deal with heat treatment of high carbon steel, demonstration of property-structure relationsship using modelling software (Thermo-Calc, JMatPro) and modelling of heat treatment (Deform). The microscopy laboration focuses on practical investigation and understanding of cast aluminium. The course is run in English.


The course literature will be text book/compendium complemented with e-book refences provided via Chalmers library and lecture hand-outs published via Canvas.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written examination. Compulsory practicals.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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