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MH2050 Mechanical Properties of Materials 6.0 credits

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Autumn 2023 Start 30 Oct 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2050 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

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"

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MH1024 Fundamentals of Materials Science- Metallic Materials 6.0 credits, or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

MH1024 Fundamentals of Materials Science- Metallic Materials

MH1031 Ceramic Materials

KF1050 Polymeric Materials


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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


  • INL1 - Assignment, - credits, grading scale: P, F
  • KON1 - Partial Exam, - credits, grading scale: P, 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.

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

Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Stefan Jonsson,