Course detail

Aircraft Materials and Technology

FSI-OLR-AAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course Aircraft Materials and Technology is focused on compositions, processing effects, microstructures, properties and typical applications of selected aircraft materials. Special material requirements. Aluminium alloys, magnesium alloys, titanium alloys, high strength steels, nickel-base and cobalt-base superalloys, fibre and particle composites, nanocomposites and smart materials for aircraft structures. New research and development, international material standards and equivalents.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Entry knowledge

Basic knowledge of relations between composition, processing, structure and properties of structural materials. Basic terminology of physical metallurgy and material limit states.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The course-unit credit requirements: 100% attendance at seminars. It is also necessary to submit completed and sophisticated computational exercises. Obtaining the credit is a condition for admission to the exam. The exam is written.
Attendance at seminars is compulsory. In case of justified absence, the missed seminar may be compensated with an individual assignment. Continuous checking is made by means of written tests. In case of a failure, it is required to repeat the test.


The aim of the course Aircraft Materials is to inform students of present state in the area of structural materials for aircraft structures and to provide them with methodical and objective knowledge.
The course Aircraft Materials makes students familiar with representative aircraft structural materials as well as with their optimal use. Students will be able to evaluate different material variants of aircraft structures according their strength, lifetime and damage tolerance.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Cenek,M.-Jeníček,L.: Nauka o materiálu I,3. svazek, Neželezné kovy,Academia,Praha 1973
Hussey B., Wilson J.: Light Alloys. Directory and databook. Chapman&Hall, 1998
Middleton,D.H.: Composite materials in aircraft structures,Longman Group, 1990
ASM Handbook, Volume 21, Composites, ASM International, 2002
ASM Handbook, Vol. 02 Properties nad Selection of Nonferrous Alloys
Michna a kol.: Encyklopedie hliníku
Vlot A., Gunnink J. W.: Fibre Metal Laminates, ISBN 1-4020-0038-3
ASM Handbook Vol. 01 Properties and Selection: Irons, Steels and High Performance Alloys
F.C.Campbell: Manufacturing Technology for Aerospace Structural Materials. Elsevier, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1-85-617495-4. (EN)

Recommended reading

Ustohal,V.: Letecké materiály,VUT Brno,1988
Michna, Š. a kol.: Encyklopedie hliníku, Prešov 2005, ISBN 80-89041-88-4
Baker, A.: Composite materials for aircraft structures, AIAA 2004


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-AST-A Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
  • Programme N-ENG-Z Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the study of aviation materials

2. Al alloys - 1

3. Al alloys - 2

4. Mg alloys

5. Ti alloys

6. Steels

7. High temperature alloys, Ni and Co alloys

8. Composite materials

9. Sandwich structures

10. Nanomaterials and smart materials

11. Corrosion and corrosion protection

12. Forming of aircraft materials - Basics

13. Forming of aircraft materials - Forming methods overview

Laboratory exercise

2 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


3. Heat treatment of aluminium alloys
12. Metal sheet forming of light alloys



11 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Characteristics of aviation structural materials
  2. Characteristics of wrought and casted aluminium alloys
  3. Laboratory
  4. Magnesium alloys
  5. Titanium alloys
  6. High-strength steels in aviation
  7. Optimization of steel hardening process
  8. Characteristics of high-temperature aviation materials
  9. High-temperature super alloys, Nickel and Cobalt alloys
  10. Technology of aviation materials forming
  11. Formability of aviation materials
  12. Laboratory
  13. Rubber-pad forming