Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: CLAUDIO TOSTO

Expected Learning Outcomes

The aim of the course is to introduce material structures, materials structure-property relationship and some of the most important technological process. Metals, ceramics, polymers and composites will be interoduced but a special focus will be devoted to polymeric materials. Introduction to material recycling methodology will be provided and Life Cycle Analysis techniques will be shortly presented.

Course Structure

Frontal and Laboratory sessions

Attendance of Lessons


Detailed Course Content

1. Summary of the course   2. Atomic structure and interatomic bonding   3. The Structure of Crystalline Solids   4. Imperfections in Solids 5. Diffusion   6. Mechanical Properties of Metals 7. Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms   8. Failure  9. Polymer structure   10. Characteristics, Applications, and Processing of Polymers 11. Composite material 12. Polymer Recycling  13. Introduction to Life Cycle Assestement 14. Introduction to Additive Manufacturing.

Textbook Information

  1. Materials Science and Engineering, Callister, Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc
  2. MaterialsScience of Polymers for Engineers, Tim A. Osswald and George Menges, Ed. Hanser.
  3. Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, W.F. Smith, McGraw Hill

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Metal defects1 and 2
2Mechanical Property of Metals1 and 2
3Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms1 and 2
4Failure mechanism1 and 2
5Polymer Structures1 and 2 plus teacher notes
6Mechanical poperties and processing of polymers1 and 2 plus teacher notes
7Introduction to life cycle analysis1 and 2 plus teacher notes
8Polymer recyclingteacher notes
9Composite Materialsteacher notes

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures


To guarantee equal opportunities and in compliance with current laws, students can request a meeting in order to plan any compensatory and/or dispensatory measure, according to the educational goals and specific needs. In this case, it is advisable to contact the CInAP (Centre for Active and Participated Integration - Services for Disabilities and/or SLD) professor of the Department where the Degree Course is included

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Describe the differences between thermoplastics and thermosets

Describe the properties of matrix composites by illustrating the advantages over other material classes 

List and describe the crystalline structures defects describing their influence on the mechanical and technological properties of processing

Materials failure: Illustrate the differences between fatigue, creep and fracture.