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Before choosing courseKF2250 Mechanical Properties of Materials 7.5 creditsAdministrate About course

The aim of the course is to give basic knowledge about mechanical properties of materials which allows deepened studies and a basis for engineering work after exam in this subject field.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus KF2250 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanical properties of inorganic materials (metals, cerams) and organic materials (polymers, fibres) and composites (material blends, nanocomposites, filled and reinforced systems).

Mechanical testing, enthalpy elasticity, rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity, fracture properties, deformation velocity and temperature influence. Molecular and morphological influence on the mechanical properties. External influence including moisture, solvents and oxidation.

The course has the goal to cover “all cathegories” of materials as concerns mechanical properties. Also “all” types of mechanical influence will be elucidated.

Intended learning outcomes

After finished course the student should have knowledge about:

-how different material parameters and external factors affect the mechanical properties

-which test methods are suitable for measurement of mechanical properties

-difference in influence of static and dynamic stress

-fundamental differences and likenesses between mechanical properties of organic and inorganic materials at small deformations, plastic deformation and deformation to fracture

-influence of time and temperature, “time-temperature equivalence”

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 110 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed, within a programme that includes:
75 university credits (hp) in chemistry or chemical engineering, 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and 6 university credits (hp) in computer science or corresponding.

Recommended prerequisites

KF1070 Perspectives on materials design,
KD1160 Materials chemistry


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Examination, 5,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN2; 5.5 credits)
Project work (PRO1; 2.0 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web KF2250

Offered by

CBH/Fibre and Polymer Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

KF2130 Polymer chemistry,
KF2460 Biofibre Chemistry


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Supplementary information

Will replace 3E1369 and KF2230