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MF2033 Material, Environment and Economy 6.0 credits

This course will provide an overview of available materials and in-depth knowledge of the relationship between properties of different materials and their different uses, and provide the capability of carrying out a systematic material selection process in a life cycle perspective with the use of materials databases and tools for simplified LCA.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2033 (Spring 2017–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course will introduce systematic material selection processes in product development with support of material selection tools.

In the process of product development constraints are formed based on the function of the product, which must be connected to materials properties. Here knowledge about materials properties as mechanical, optical, thermal, tactile etc. for different classes of material is necessary. Here former knowledge from mechanics of materials and materials science will be used to identify relevant parameters.

Selection of material is also important from a sustainable perspective. In the course methods for analyzing environmental effects as well as economic aspects from a life cycle perspective will be introduced.

Intended learning outcomes

After finishing the course the student shall:

  • be able to connect material properties to functional demands for the product
  • be able to choose relevant material parameters at the different stages in the material selection process
  • be able to analyse tactile qualities of materials
  • be able to include environmental effects and economy in a life cycle perspective in the material selection process
  • be able of reasoning of causes for material selection in real situations

Course disposition

The course contains lectures and computer exercises using CES EduPack tool. Also included is one laboratory where materials tactile properties are investigated and three individual hand in tasks. At the end of the course a written exam is given.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A Bachelor in Mechanical engineering or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • INL2 - Exercise, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • LAB2 - Laboration, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN2 - Written Exam, 3,0 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

Approved assignments and pass a written test

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 MF2033

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Anna Hedlund-Åström, 08-790 6444,