Course detail

Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials

FSI-WSIAcad. year: 2019/2020

Course Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials familiarises students with metallic materials used in engineering applications in mechanical engineering, automotive and aerospace industries. Teaching focuses on the relationship between production, processing, chemical composition and structure of materials and their properties and use. The course focuses on the description of the influence of controlled processes for the production of molded steel in their structure and properties, structural steel, welding steels with higher yield strength, micro-alloyed steels, high strength steel, corrosion resistant, heat resistant steels, tool steels, and cast irons and to alloys of titanium, nickel, cobalt, copper, aluminum and magnesium.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The study of this subject should help to choose the materials (metal and nonmetallic) and use them in practice in mechanical and automotiv engineering and also in aeronautics.


Students are expected to have general knowledge of physics and chemistry acquired at basic bachelor´s study program. They should have the basic knowledge of technological processes of iron and non-iron metals and their alloys, i.e. basic knowledge of metallurgy, foundry, welding, cutting, forming and heat treatment of metals and alloys, and knowledge of the subject "Ferrous materials".


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

W.Callister,Jr: Materials Science and Engineering, John Wiley and sons, Inc. 1994
ASHBY, F.M., JONES, D.R.H. Engineering Materials I., II. (EN)
OHRING, M. Engineering Materials Science (EN)
Femunt,P., Krejčík, J., Podrábský, T.: Nástrojové oceli, Dům techniky Brno, 1994
ASKELAND,D.R., PHULÉ,P.P.: The Science and Engineering of Materials (EN)
Fremunt,P., Podrábský, T.: Konstrukční oceli, CERM Brno, 1996
Ptáček a kol.: Nauka o materiálu II, CERM Brno, 1999

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: active participation in lessons. Successful completion of control tests regarding the presented topics, while at least one control test has to be classified better than “F” (re-sit terms will be set by the teacher by the end of the exam period). The exam has a written and an oral part. The written part is focused on four of the main topics presented in the lectures. In the oral part of the exam a student answers additional and complementary questions.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge necessary to choose and use constructional and tool metal and nonmatallic materials for special application in order to reach utility properties in this area. The course is a follow-up to the following courses: "Introduction to Material Science", "Structure and Properties of Materials" and "Non- ferrous Materials" and "Metal materials" . It is intended to deepen and widen the acquired knowledge in the area of engineering applications.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at seminars is compulsory, as well as working our a written assignment. Absence from seminars may be compensated for by the agreement with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-MTI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Designation systems for steels, manufacturing and processing of steels
2. Interstitial Free Steels, Bake-Hardening Steels, Dual Phase Steels, Complex Phase Steels, Martensitic Steels, TWIP and TRIP Steels
3. High-Strength Low-Alloy Steels
4. Carbon steels
5. Stainless Steels, Heat-resistant steelsI
6. Creep-resistant steels and alloys
7. Materials for tools
8. Cast irons, white irons
9. Titanium alloys
10. Nickel and cobalt alloys
11. Alluminium and magnesium alloys
12. Cooper and zinc alloys
13. Metal biocompatible materials

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Laboratory practise - evaluation of the structure and properties of materials.
1. The structure, properties and applications of non-alloy and alloy steels I
2. The structure, properties and applications of non-alloy and alloy steels II
3. The structure, properties, corrosion resistant and heat resistant alloys based on iron
4. Structure and properties of creep-resistant steels
5. Tool steels
6. Steels castings, graphite and iron ledeburitic
7. Structure and properties of titanium alloys
8. Nickel, cobalt, and their alloys
9. Alloys of copper and zinc
10. The structure and properties of aluminum alloys
11. The structure and properties of magnesium alloys
12. Composite materials based on metals
13. Metallic Biomaterials

Laboratory practise - Structure evaluation by light and electron microscopy, mechanical tests, hardness measurements.
1. Structure, properties and applications of engineering materials,
2. Use and characteristics of selected low carbon steel and weldable
3. Properties and application of the selected structure of stainless and heat-resistant alloys based on iron
4. Structure and properties of heat resistant steels and steels for low temperature,
5. Evaluation of the structure and properties of cast steels (Hadfield, Ni-Cr),
6. Structure, properties and applications of ADI cast iron and cast austenitic,
7. The structure, properties and applications of high-strength steels
8. Using a selection tool steel machining and molding, coated and uncoated
9. Structure , properties and application of selected alloys based on Cu, Al
10. Structure , properties and application of selected alloys based on Mg and Ti
11.The structure, characteristics and use of superalloys based on nickel and cobalt
12.Properties and structure of cemented carbides for cutting and forming , coated and uncoated
13.The use of ceramics for machining and forming , coated and uncoated