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* Retrieved from Course syllabus MH2050 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanical properties of inorganic materials (metals, cerams) and organic materials (polymers, fibres) and composites (material blends, nanocomposites, filled and reinforced systems).

For inorganic materials: microstructure development during deformation, dislocation theory, hardening mechanisms, fracturei, fatigue and creep.

Mechanical testing, enthalpy elasticity, rubber elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, viscoplasticity, fracture properties, deformation velocity and temperature influence. Molecular and morphological influence on the mechanical properties. External influence including moisture, solvents and oxidation.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be abel to:

  • fundamental dislocation theory and strengthening mechanisms in metals
  • Fracture, fatigue and creep in metals
  • how different material parameters and external factors affect the mechanical properties
  • which test methods are suitable for measurement of mechanical properties
  • difference in influence of static and dynamic stress
  • fundamental differences and likenesses between mechanical properties of organic and inorganic materials at small deformations, plastic deformation and deformation to fracture
  • influence of time and temperature on the mechanical properties of materials, "time-temperature"

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

MH1024 Fundamentals of Materials Science- Metallic Materials

MH1020 Ceramics

KF1050 Polymeric Materials


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Meddelas i kurs-PM, vid kursstart

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, - hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial Exam, - hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TENA - Written Exam, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: 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 web

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Course web MH2050

Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Stefan Jonsson,