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Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Subject Area: Materials Science and Engineering and Metallurgy
2nd Year
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor in Electronic Engineering and Automation

November 2010

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3 h class per week
4 laboratory sessions (1,5 h each)
Recommended personal studying time: 73 h



No previous knowledge is required, although some previous knowledge of general chemistry is recommended. Moreover, as a 2nd year course, students will have completed basic subjects such as Chemistry of Materials which provide the basic skills necessary for a better understanding of the subject.



In this subject, it is intended that students learn the basics of materials science, the classification of the various families of materials, their properties and applications, and the technology available for the improvement of their properties.



To understand the structure, composition, processing, properties and performance of different families of materials and relationship among them.

To be able to select materials for applications in different engineering fields.

To know the more adequate standardized tests to evaluate properties and performance of materials, and to analyze the results.

Regarding general capabilities or skills, during the year, students will acquire the following abilities:

  • Ability to solve complex problems.

  • Ability to look for, to understand and to differentiate the relevant information to be able to take a decision.

  • Ability to use multi-disciplinary knowledge to solve a problem.

  • Ability to work in groups and distribute work to face up to complex problems.

Individuals who successfully complete this course will be able :

  • A collaborative attitude that will enable them to get from other people information, skills and knowledge necessary to manufacture components for specific applications.



  • The course will consist of Master Classes where the theory of the topics will be presented and Tutorial Classes where applications and examples will be emphasized and problems exercises will be solved.

  • The course is planned in nine blocks/teaching units.

  • The teaching materials include presentations, reading the chapters of the recommended books and self-assessment exercises.

  • There will be 4 laboratory sessions (1,5 h each) which will result in the acquisition of practical abilities related to the content of the course.



Self-assessment exercises to be solved in groups or individually, and individual tests.