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MH1024 Fundamentals of Materials Science- Metallic Materials 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1024 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The atomic and molecular structure of metals. Microstructure. Relationship between structure and properties. Dislocations and other lattice defects. Plastic deformation. Time dependent deformation. Fracture.  Phase diagrams. Phase transformations. Solidification. Phase transformations in solid state. Diffusionless phase transformations. Structural transformations. Hardening mechanisms. Steel and other alloys.

Intended learning outcomes

The course covers metallic materials. Apart from the specific aims given below the course gives an overview of metallic materials and their applications. 

After the course the student should be able to:

  • sketch the most common crystal structures and give crystallographic orientations and planes in crystals using vectors and Millers indices.
  • describe and interpret phase transformations (diffusion controlled as well as diffusionless) and couple these to mechanical properties.
  • interpret microstructures and relate them to phase transformations.       
  • explain/describe/recognize deformation- and strengthening mechanisms specifying the underlying cause (type of defects, microstructure etc).
  • describe the most common corrosion and decomposition mechanisms for metallic materials.
  • use binary and ternary phase diagrams.
  • perform simple calculations and estimations within all areas mentioned above
  • basic terminology in Swedish and English

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The KTH courses below on Material Design and Engineering, or similar.

  • Materials Design I
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Solid Mechanics, Basic Course

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written 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

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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

MH2017 Micro and Nanostructures

MH2050 Mechanical Properties of Materials


Anders Eliasson (