25983 - Materials Science


The subject called -Materials Science- is a compulsory subject and therefore essential, given the importance of knowing
to the fullest possible extent the materials that are used in engineering for all type of components and devices, and the
way these materials should be managed to achieve their best benefits. The contents of the course are undoubtedly basic
or fundamental, but also they affect the practical application of the knowledge acquired in multiple facets of engineering.
Fundamental knowledge of mathematics and chemistry are important.


- Study of the structure-properties relationships of engineering materials.
- Description of the main mechanical tests carried out to materials.
- Study of the characteristics of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. Selection criteria.
Learning outcomes:
- Employ appropriately the specific terminology of the subject, expressing the basic fundamentals of materials science by
the proper use of graphic, mathematical and verbal language.
- Distinguish the main types of materials and relate their different characteristics with their various applications.
- Link the internal structure of materials with their specific physicochemical and mechanical properties, establishing the
impact these properties have on the practical use of each material.
- Understand the concept of equilibrium state of a material and reason in which way a mechanical or thermal treatment
may change the equilibrium state and, therefore, the material properties.
- Work cooperatively in tasks framed in the field of materials science, dealing with team tasks and analyzing and
discussing ideas contributed by the other team members.



Theoretical contents:
Unit 1. Materials science. Introduction. Structure / properties relationships.
Unit 2. Mechanical properties. Concepts of stress and strain. Tensile test and properties. Hardness and hardness tests.
Plastic deformation and deformation mechanisms. Annealing. Fracture. Fatigue.
Unit 3. Structure of materials: subatomic, atomic and microstructure. Analysis of the structure at different levels, based on
the knowledge at the atomic and molecular level. Crystalline and amorphous structures. Defects in the crystal structures.
Dislocations and plastic deformation. Strengthening mechanisms.
Unit 4. Phase diagrams. Types of phase diagrams. Eutectic and eutectoid points. Eutectic and eutectoid reactions. Phase
diagram of steel (Fe/C).
Unit 5. Phase transformations in metals. Phase transformations of steel. Isotherms transformations and diagrams.
Continuous cooling transformations and diagrams.
Unit 6. Thermal and thermochemical treatments in metal alloys. Annealing: full annealing, normalizing and spheroidization.
Temple: hardenability and diagrams. Precipitation hardening. Thermochemical treatments: Atomic diffusion in solids.
Industrial applications. Cementation. Nitriding. Carbonitriding. Cyanidation. Sulfinización.
Unit 7. Metal alloys. Ferrous alloys. Low alloy steels. Stainless steels. Cast irons. Non-ferrous alloys.
Unit 8. Ceramic materials and glasses. Structures. Processing. Common and engineering ceramic materials. Glasses.
Properties and applications of ceramic materials.
Unit 9. Polymeric materials. Polymers characteristics. Classifications. Types of polymers: structure and properties.
Unit 10. Composite materials. Components. Processing. Properties and applications.
Unit 11. Physical and chemical properties. Optical properties. Electrical properties. Magnetic properties. Thermal
properties. Reactivity.
Unit 12. Selection criteria. Design parameters.
Practical contents:
The following practices will be carried out:
Practice 1: Hardness determination in different materials.
Practice 2: Tensile test of metals.
Practice 3: Tensile test of polymers and composites.
Practice 4: Crystallography. Study of crystallographic directions and planes.
Practice 5: Thermal treatments in metals.
Practice 6: Microstructures observation.



During the classroom hours master classes will be given, problems classes will be carried out and finally laboratory
practices will be performed. In the master classes PowerPoint presentations will be carried out by the lecturer, during the
problems classes problems will be proposed by the lecturer and time will be dedicated to their resolution, sometimes they
will be resolved in group. In the laboratory activities the students will be distributed in small groups and they will perform
practical work with laboratory equipment, whenever possible.



Type of teaching M S GA GL GO
Classroom hours 30   15 15  
Hours of study outside the classroom 45   22,5 22,5  

Legend: M: Lecture S: Seminario GA: Pract.Class.Work GL: Pract.Lab work GO: Pract.computer wo
GCL: Clinical Practice TA: Workshop TI: Ind. workshop GCA: Field workshop



- Continuous assessment system

- Final assessment system



- Extended written exam 60%
- Practical work (exercises, case studies & problems set) 15%
- Individual work 10%



The evaluation criteria in the ordinary call will be:
- Midterm exam: with problems and short questions of theory. 15% of the final grade.
- Practices: are mandatory and account for 15% of the final grade. The student will deliver a report for each practice
within the period prescribed by the lecturer and will take a written practices test at the end of the semester. The final
practices grade will be obtained from both: 40% of the reports and 60% of the written test.
- Individual tasks: involves the resolution of problems proposed by the lecturer and accounts for 10% of the final grade.
- Final exam: 60% of the final grade. Problems and theoretical questions.
In order to pass the course, students must pass the final exams and the practices exam. Otherwise, both will have to be
repeated. When a student takes the final exam or the practices exam, is participating in this call. To give up the call the
student does not have to take part in any of the two exams.
In case of resignation of the continuous assessment within the established deadlines, a final assessment of the subject
will be done by means of a final written exam (85%) and a practical exam (15%).



In the extraordinary call the final evaluation system will be applied



Scientific calculator



Basic bibliography

W. D. Callister. Materials Science and Engeneering: An Introduction. Reverté. 1997.
W. J. Smith, J. Hashemi. Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering. McGraw-Hill. 2006.
J. M. Montes, F. G. Cuevas, J. Cintas. Materials Science and Engineering. Ediciones Paraninfo SA. 1ª ed. 2014.

In-depth bibliography

P. L. Mangonon. The Principles of Materials Selection for Engineering Design. Prentice Hall. 2001.
R. B. Seymour, C. E. Carraher. Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction. Reverté. 1995.
A. Miravete. Composite Materials. Reverté. 2007.