Course detail

Materials Selection and Performance

FSI-WUVAcad. year: 2019/2020

The following topics are dealt with:Introduction to the materials selection process. Performance criteria. The main standpoints of materials selection and their mutual interaction. The relation between material, technology and design. Algorithms for the selection of materials and technology. Economic efficiency of the selection (cost of material and production, power and raw-material demands), production technology and materials selection, impact of materials selection on the environment in the production and application cycles. Selection based on decisive material properties. Tools for materials selection and its formalization. Computer-aided materials selection. Performance of advanced materials.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be made familiar with factors affecting materials selection and of procedures facilitating optimized materials selection. Relation between materials properties, technology and design (functionality and performance parameters of the product) and performance of engineering materials, including the latest materials.They will aquire the competence to work with databases and expert systems.


The course completes the studies of materials engineering and is built up on the knowledge obtained by students in this specialization. A prerequisite of taking this course is therefore a very good knowledge of materials sciences in their widest scope as obtained in the course of their BSc studies and, in particular, when studying MSc specialization.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ASHBY,M.F.: Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Oxford, 5th edition, 2017.ISBN: 0081005997 9780081005996. (EN)
Ashby, M.F.: Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, , 0
Macek K., Zuna P.: Materials science (course book in Czech), , 0
Ptáček et al.: Materials science (course book in Czech), , 0
DIETER G.E.: ASM Handbook Vol.2, Materials Selection and Design.ASM International Handbook Committee, 1997. ISBN 0-87170-386-6. (EN)
ASHBY, M. F., SHERCLIFF, H., CEBON, D., MATERIALS- Engineering, Science,Processing and Design, Elsevier, 2010. (EN)

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 requirements: a set of worked out assignments and attendence at exercises.Absence is made up for writing a report on assigned task.
Examination: written and oral parts

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The coarse objective is to culminate materials engineering education, to summarize, broaden and amplify the knowledge of structural materials and their performance, to point out the relation between optimum materials selection and factors that have to be considered in the selection, and to provide information on methods for optimizing the selection of materials.

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

Attendance at exercises. Absence is made up for by writing a report on an assigned task.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-MTI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. A cross-section of the selection process
2. Materials selection in the conceptual design
3.Ashby approach in materials and technology selection
4. Decision matrix
5. Multiple constrains and goals, value analysis
6. Computer-aided materials selection
7.Techno-economic aspects,technology
8..Environmental aspects, technical and industrial design
9.Specific examples of selection materials and processes
10. Selection of processes
11.Materials and processes selection based on materials properties
12.Examples of material selection
13. Materials selection for some engineering components

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to CES software, assigning the semestral work
2. Practices with CES software for materials selection ,materials selection by expertise method
3. Selection at the conceptual stage -the Ashby procedure (maps and indicis)
4. Pugh decision matrix for materials selection
5. Polygon and Dominic methods for materials selection
6. Pahl and Beitz method for materials selection
7. ECO audit tool for environmental aspects of materials selection
8.Other selection instruments .
9. Multiple constrains and goals in materials selection
10.Designing new materials
11. Case studies-Ashby method and presentation of students (semestral work).
12. Presentation of semestral works
13.Repetition,checking of knowledge,course-unit credit