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MH2056 Materials Properties I 7.5 credits

Mechanical properties of metals are covered with emphasis on plastic deformation, hardening mechanisms, fracture, fatigue and creep.

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2056 (Autumn 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The mechanical properties of metals in the form of:

  • Plastic deformation, seen from continuum and crystal plastic perspective
  • Dislocations and their properties
  • Hardening mechanisms
  • Static cracks with application on ductile and brittle fractures.
  • Fatigue
  • Creep

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and apply fundamental principles for deformation of metals.
  2. Identify and analyse typical fracture surfaces connected to the fundamental principles of fractures in metals.
  3. Apply fundamental models to describe mechanical properties in metallic materials.
  4. Assess and evaluate the importance of the mechanical properties of metals in relation to other engineering materials.

In order to:

Provide knowledge and tools to be able to plan, design, produce and criticise metal producing or metal using industry when mechanical properties are of importance.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

In total 90 higher education credits in the main field of study of Technology.

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


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Home examination, 5.5 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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Stefan Jonsson (