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MH1034 Metallic Materials 7.5 credits

The course gives you knowledge about the basic structure of metals, typical properties, usage and production methods.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

Open for application for CMATD2

Elective for all programs as long as it can be included in your programme.

Part of programme

Degree Programme in Materials Design and Engineering, åk 2, Mandatory


P3 (7.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
16 Mar 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


Greta Lindwall (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH1034 (Spring 2025–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course is intended to give an introduction to the fundamental structure, properties and applications of metals. The course deals with:

  • Atomic structure of metallic materials
  • Relations between structure and properties
  • Dislocations and other lattice defects
  • Mechanical properties, elastic and plastic deformation
  • Binary phase diagrams and solidification structures of these
  • Hardening mechanisms
  • Solid phase transformations including the concept of diffusion and diffusionless phase transformations
  • Solidification and segregation
  • Construction metals and production processes
  • The fundamental structure of composites
  • Fracture and time-dependent deformation
  • Corrosion and time-dependent degradation of metals
  • Handling of light optical microscopy (LOM)

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify and illustrate the structure of metals with regard to atomic and micro-structure and explain effect of various atomic defects.
2. Explain and describe deformation, and hardening mechanisms of metals and secondary structure formation (recrystallisation/grain growth) and its effect on the mechanical properties of metals.
3. Use phase diagrams and isothermal transformation diagrams to interpret diffusion controlled as well as non-diffusion controlled structure formation in metallic materials including the concept of segregation.
4. Relate properties and production processes of the most common design metals and the fundamental structure and properties of composites.
5. Describe fracture mechanisms and common corrosion and decomposition mechanisms of metals.
6. Carry out a project work in metallic materials that are presented in a technical report and via a scientific presentation.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For CMATD, at least 45 higher education credits in the Technology main field of study from programme syllabus for year 1-3.

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 assignments, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 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

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Greta Lindwall (