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MH2032 Mechanical Properties of Materials 6.0 credits

The students will be introduced to the fundamentals of mechanical metallurgy.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2032 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course relates the mechanical properties of metals to their microstructure, explaining the development and evolution of deformation microstructures. The course has a theoretical part where plastic deformation, from continuum- and crystal plasticity perspectives, is followed by dislocation theory and hardening mechanisms. Then an applied part follows where static cracks, tough- and brittle fracture, fatigue, creep and strain ageing are considered. The course has also a modelling part where models are applied to experimental information.

Intended learning outcomes

 After completing the course, a student should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of deformation of metals.
  • Explain creep and the principles of fracture in metals, recognizing typical fracture surfaces.
  • Apply appropriate models for describing mechanical properties.
  • Value the importance of mechanical properties.

The purpose of the course is that:

The students should process information about mechanical properties so it can be valued, applied and criticized. The students should be able to work in metal producing, or metal using industry where mechanical properties are of high value. They should also be able to study the subject further by courses, books of research articles.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH2038 Micro and Nano Structures in Materials 6.0 credits or similar 

Recommended prerequisites

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Announced in course-PM, at course start

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


  • INLA - Assignment, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial exam, - credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - 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.

Students who have not completed a course with a previous set of examination parts are examined at TEN1 and SEM1.

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 MH2032

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Stefan Jonsson,