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MH2060 Materials Properties II 7.5 credits

The course continues from MH2056, Materials properties I, and deepens the knowledge about construction materials, especially how they are affected by deformation processes. The course also includes special effects in some important systems as shape memory alloys, bulk metal glass and intermetallics. Embrittling phenomena, influence from the surroundings, as well as the importance of gradient zones and residual stresses in the surface layer with respect to fatigue life, is also included. 

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Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MH2060 (Spring 2025–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Mechanical properties:

  • For engineering materials, memory metals, metallic glass, intermetals and Hadfield steel
  • For materials in corrosive and embrittling environments
  • For gradient zones and surface-treated layers
  • During combination of corrosion, creep and fatigue

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Use stereographic figures to study the origin of deformation textures and analyse the effect of textures on mechanical properties.
  2. Identify and analyse advanced deformation mechanisms that arise in special systems or at particular situations.
  3. Analyse risks for and consequences of embrittlement and effects from environment and use, on mechanical properties.
  4. Evaluate the influence of residual stresses on fatigue life.

In order to analyse the importance of deformation processes for final mechanical properties in different directions in a substance, to analyse risks and consequences of embrittlement through influence from the environment, and to evaluate fatigue life.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge of the mechanical properties of materials equivalent to contents of course MH2056 Materials Properties I.

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


  • INL1 - Hand in exercise, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON1 - Quiz, - credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON2 - Quiz, - credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Home examination, 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.

KON1 and KON2 are optional and can when passed replace TEN1.

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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