Skip to main content

MH1005 Structural Materials 6.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1005 (Autumn 2009–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The atomic and molecular structure of metals, ceramics and polymer materials.
Relationship between structure and properties.
Dislocations and other lattice defects in metallic materials.
Mechanical properties, elastic and plastic deformation.
Hardening mechanisms in metallic materials.
Fracture and time dependent deformation.  
Phase diagrams.
Phase transformations during solidification.
Phase transformations in solid state.
Diffusionless phase transformations.
Structural transformations.
Properties of metallic, ceramic and polymer materials.
Composite materials.
Corrosion and time dependent degradation of metals.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the influence of  crystal structure and binding forces in solid material
  • Describe the most common crystal structures in metallic materials
  • Describe vacansies and dislocations and their influence on plastic deformation
  • Describe interstitial and substitional diffusion
  • Describe mechanical behavior and mechanical testing
  • Describe different hardening mechanisms
  • Use binary phase diagrams – the lever rule
  • Describe what happens during phase transformations and how the micro structure is developed
  • Describe the relationship between micro structure and properties
  • Describe recovery, recrystallization and grain growth
  • Describe the main types of steel and other alloys, their properties and applications
  • Describe different types of fracture:  tough and brittle fracture, creep and fatigue fracture
  • Describe/Explain heat treatment of alloys
  • Use isothermal cooling transformation diagrams
  • Discuss material questions with as well material specialist as non-specialists

Course disposition

No information inserted

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SE1010 Solid Mechanics, Basic Course with Project, or similar
SG1130 Mechanics I, or similar

Recommended prerequisites

No information inserted


No information inserted


"Materials Science and Engineering, an Introduction", 7th ed. William, D. Callister, Jr., John Wiley & Sons Inc., (2007), ISBN(13): 978-0-471-73696-7.

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

No information inserted

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

No information inserted


Profile picture Anders Eliasson

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 MH1005

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

No information inserted


Tekn Dr Anders Eliasson,