Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Gianluca CICALA

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

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is considered compulsory. It being understood that extensions to this limit are in force for working students

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 Mechanisms 1 and 2
4Failure mechanism 1 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