Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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First Semester
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Course description

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of the course the student will have integrated his knowledge about interactions between microstructure and properties and a complete overview of the physical and mechanical properties of different kinds of materials; will know the theoretical reasons to select chemical and physical treatments able to modify materials properties; will know how to choose the materials in relation to their properties, cost and sustainability.

Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will have developed the ability to understand physical and mechanical properties of materials, such as density, strength, ductility, toughness, elasticity, hardness, stiffness and resilience to the microstructure of different kinds of materials. He will know how to measure the values of each property, to compare the data with standards and to select criteria for final components optimization.

Making judgements
By the end of the course, the student should be able to evaluate, with critical mind, the chemical, physical and mechanical behavior of materials.

Communication skills
By the end of the course, the student must be able to clearly present the experimental results of materials behavior.

Learning skills
Ability to search tools and opportunity of knowledge approach.
Capability to study, to schematize and to resume the learned contents.


Basic knowledge of chemistry and physics.


Topics Covered:
1. Overview of Materials: Atomic Structure, Types of Bonding
2. Crystal Structure
3. Defects in Solids, Diffusion
4. Mechanical Properties and Strengthening Mechanisms
5. Failure, Phase Diagrams and Equilibrium
6. Kinetics, Phase Transformations and Microstructure
7. Corrosion
8. Ceramics, Processing and Applications
9. Polymers: Structure, Processing and Applications
10. Composites
11. Electrical properties
12. Semiconductors & Growth
13. Optical Properties
14. Magnetic Properties & Recording Media and Thermal Properties
15. Biomaterials

Course description
Structure of materials, chemical composition, phase transformations,
corrosion and mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and related materials.
Materials selection in engineering applications.
Course Description: The course introduces the student to the following topics: Structure of
materials, chemical composition, phase transformations, corrosion and mechanical properties of
metals, the failure of materials, ceramics, polymers and related materials. Methodologies for
material selection in engineering applications is also emphasized. In addition to lectures the
students will attend one fifty minute demonstation/recitation session per week. These sessions
are required are intended to demonstrate the concepts covered in the lectures
The main objective of this course is to understand the structure-property
relationships in materials science and engineering.
A student completing this course satisfactorily
should be able to:
1. Identify features of crystal structures and their relationship to strengthening and failure
mechanisms of materials.
2. Understand the similarities and differences in the microstructure of metals, ceramics,
polymers, biomaterials and nanomaterials and how these relate to their mechanical, thermal,
electrical, magnetic and optical properties.
3. Interpret features of binary phase diagrams and identify phase transformations.
4. Identify structure-property relationships in engineering materials and how these apply to
materials selection in specific engineering problems.

Teaching Methods


Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction 9e
by William D. Callister, David G. Rethwisch. Wiley.

Learning assessment

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