Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2017/18
Science and technology of materials
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Civil Engineering - Torino
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Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
Janner Davide Luca   A2 ING-IND/22 48 12 0 4
Pavese Matteo ORARIO RICEVIMENTO A2 ING-IND/22 48 12 0 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-IND/22 6 C - Affini o integrative Attivitą formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
Materials play a crucial role in engineering design and the module on Materials Science and Technology is aimed to supply the student with an engineering background on materials, emphasizing the relationships among materials structure, microstructure and performances and, as a consequence, the potentialities of engineering design able to exploit traditional and innovative materials through the tailoring of their microstructure. A deep understanding of the property-limited selection and design is therefore the main objective of this course. Near the analysis of the science that lies behind, some specific case studies will be exploited to allow the student to understand how properties can affect materials selection and processing. In this way, science-led and design-led approaches to materials teaching will be synergically combined to offer the information that will be needed to achieve a deep knowledge and to enable successful material selection.
Expected learning outcomes
The main aim is to supply the student with a robust background on materials, able to couple scientific and technological knowledge in a synergic way, providing general guidelines for translating scientific knowledge into technological tools for engineering design.
The student should then:
- know the chemical and atomic nature of the materials and the strong dependence of the macroscopic features and properties from it;
- know how to exploit this scientific background in controlling the material properties up to the tailoring of material features for a specific application;
- be conscious of the role of material selection in matching design requirements;
- know a basic English vocabulary on Materials Science and Technology.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
The student is required to have a robust, basic knowledge on Chemistry Physics and Mathematics.
The main contents of a Materials Science and Technology course for Engineers can be summarised as follows: Structure of crystalline and amorphous materials. Crystal defects..Material structure- elastic behaviour relationships.
Material structure- plastic behaviour relationships. Relationships between material structure and other properties (thermal, electrical). Modification of the material properties: microstructural constituents (solid solutions, intermediate phases,..), phase diagrams and transformations (melting/solidification, precipitation hardening,'.), basic knowledge on thermal treatments, microstructural evolution and consequences on properties. General discussion of the principal classes of the engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, glasses). Mentions to the main types and to their properties. These topics require at least 3.5 CFU and should be integrated by each Teacher with specific arguments dealing with the Studies Course.
Delivery modes
Principles and methodologies for mechanical testing of materials and exercises on specific phase diagrams (about 10 hrs).
A virtual laboratory is available, as a support to the theory, on the 'Portale della Didattica':
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Some reference books are below listed. The teacher will suggest the proper bibliography.
M. Ashby, H. Shercliff, D. Cebon, Materials, Engineering, science, processing and design, Elsevier (2007)
W.F. Smith, Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, McGraw-Hill (2004)
J.F. Shackelford, Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers, Pearson-Prentice Hall (2009)
Assessment and grading criteria
Individual written and/or oral examination.

Programma provvisorio per l'A.A.2017/18

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