Academic Year 2021/2022 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: ING-IND/22 - Materials science and technology
Taught classes: 36 hours
Exercise: 59 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

  • Macromolecular chemistry

    The course aims to provide the student with the notions relating to the relationships between the structure of polymeric materials and their mechanical properties, their transformation technologies and the problems relating to their production.

    • Knowledge and understanding: Basic knowledge of materials of interest for mechanical engineering, correlating their application characteristics to composition, structure, production and processing technologies
    • Applied knowledge and understanding skills: Ability to apply what has been learned during the lectures in the exercises carried out during the course.
    • Independent judgment: Students learn to objectively evaluate what they have learned during lessons and exercises.
    • Communication skills: Students acquire communication skills that are formed both during the lessons, thanks to a continuous verbal conversation with the lecturer, and during the oral exams.
    • Learning skills: Learning skills are assessed through the oral exam and exercises which are an important part of the course.

Course Structure

  • Macromolecular chemistry

    The teaching includes frontal lessons and excercise.

    If course should 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.


    The course will be done through lectures, ongoing tests and exercises. If course should be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the program planned and outlined in the syllabus

Detailed Course Content

  • Macromolecular chemistry

    Classification and structure of polymeric materials. Mechanical behavior at small deformations: viscoelastic behavior, creep tests, relaxation tests and dynamic-mechanical behavior. Boltzman's principle, viscoelastic models. Module diagrams. Mechanical behavior at large deformations. Rheology: flow curves and constitutive relationships. Rheometry. Rheological behavior of polymers in the liquid state. Transformation technologies of polymeric materials.


    .GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS. The Price and Availability of Materials.

    2. STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES - MECHANICAL PROPERTIES. Tensile Test. Stress–Strain Curves. True Stress–Strain Curves for Plastic Flow. The Elastic Moduli. Hooke's Law. Measurement of Young's Modulus. Linear and Nonlinear Elasticity. Bonding between Atoms. The condensed states of matter. Interatomic forces. Packing of Atoms in Solids. The Physical Basis of Young's Modulus. Moduli of Crystals. Rubbers and the Glass Transition Temperature. Composites. Dislocations and Yielding in Crystals. Yield Strength, Tensile Strength, and Ductility. Plastic Work. Hardness Test. Strengthening Methods and Plasticity of Polycrystals. Fast Fracture and Toughness. Micromechanisms of Fast Fracture. Probabilistic Fracture of Brittle Materials. Fatigue Failure. Creep and Creep Fracture. Kinetic Theory of Diffusion. Mechanisms of Creep, and Creep-Resistant Materials.

    3. METALS Metal Structures. Phase Diagrams. Driving Force for Solidification. Solid-State Phase Diffusive Transformations. Solid-State Phase Changes. Nucleation. Displacive Transformations. Diffusive F.C.C. to B.C.C. Transformation in Pure Iron. Time–Temperature–Transformation Diagram. Displacive F.C.C. to B.C.C. Transformation. Details of Martensite Formation. Light Alloys. Solid Solution Hardening. Age (Precipitation) Hardening. Carbon Steels. Microstructures after slow cooling and their mechanical properties. Quenched-and-Tempered Steels. Alloy Steels. Stainless Steels. Cast Iron.

    4. POLYMER COMPOSITES. Matrices and fibers. Production technologies. Nanocomposites.

    4. CORROSION. Dry corrosion and its mechanisms. The Energy of Oxidation. Rates of Oxidation. Wet Corrosion of Materials. Thermodynamics of wet corrosion processes. Pourbaix (Electrochemical Equilibrium) Diagrams. Kinetics of wet corrosion: Evans’ diagrams. Forms of wet corrosion. Wet corrosion mechanisms. Methods of protection

Textbook Information

  • Macromolecular chemistry

    Course notes

    Introduction to physical polymer science (L.H.Sperling – Wiley)

    Mechanical properties of solid polymers (I.M. Ward-J.Sweeney – Wiley)

    Fundamental of Polymers Science for Engineers – (S.Fakirov - Wiley-VCH)


    1. W. D. Callister, Jr.: “Materials Science and Engineering; An Introduction” - Wiley

    2. W. F. Smith: “Materials Science and Engineering” - McGraw - Hill

    3 . D. R. Askeland, P. P. Fulay, W. J. Wright, "The Science and Engineering of materials" – Cengage learning

    4. Manufacturing processes for advanced composites (F.C. Campbell – Elsevier)

    5. Class notes