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MH1031 Ceramic Materials 8.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1031 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The basics of making both traditional and advanced ceramics;crystal structures and bondings of ceramic materials;defects;melting point, surface energy;diffusion, electrical and thermal conduction;glass formation;mechanical properties and fractography;statistical fracture theories;time-dependent fracture;toughening mechanisms;thermal shock.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Give examples of, and explain structures of ceramics
  • Give examples of, and explain important physical and thermal properties of ceramics.
  • Describe the most important defects in ceramics and write down defective reactions.
  • Explain diffusion, electrical and thermal conduction in ceramics.
  • Describe glass, especially its formation, structure and properties.
  • Explain the preparation, especially powder synthesis, powder characterization, shaping and sintering, of ceramics.
  • Explain and perform calculations on the mechanical properties of ceramics

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH1030 Materials Design I 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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 6.0 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

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Liubov Belova (