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Materials 7.5 credits

First cycle, W0005T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Engineering Materials
Subject group (SCB)
Materials Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c (specifik entry A8). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Physics B, Chemistry A, Mathematics D (specifik entry 8)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim

After completing the course, the student should have achieved

-basic knowledge of structure, mechanical properties, and application area for metallic, polymeric and wood material.
-knowledge about how the properties of materials depend on their structure and manufacturing method.
-knowledge about phase-diagram and which information that can be gets from phase-diagram.
-basic knowledge about different heat-treatment methods and their influence on materials microstructure and properties.
-basic knowledge about corrosion theory, corrosion types and how to prevent corrosion.
-knowledge of how systematic material selection is performed.


The course contains basic material science about metallic-and polymeric materials and wood.

Metals (60%)

Mechanical properties, plastic deformation and fracture, crystallography and defects in crystals. Alloys, phase diagram, phase transformation and micro constituents (heat treatment and strengthening mechanisms).

Polymeric materials (25%)

Consumption, application, structure, crystallinity, and glass transition.
Charastristic mechanical properties and viscoelasticity.
Composits,rubber, processing methods, additions and material knowledge.

Wood (15%)

Basic knowledge about the microstructure of wood, mechanical properties, impregnation and surface treatment of wood.

In all parts the materials selection aspects is included.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

Written exam, compulsory laboratory work and assignments.

Farnoosh Forouzan

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Karlebo Materiallära, Willy Leijon (red.), ISBN 978-91-47-10005-7, Liber 2014, 15:e ed

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Laboratory WorkU G#1.00MandatoryA12
0003Assignment reportsU G#1.50MandatoryA12
0006Written Exam 1, Polymers and WoodG U 3 4 52.00MandatoryA21
0007Written Exam 2, MetalsG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Dept. TVM Mats Näsström 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto, Head Faculty Programme Director 16 Jun 2021