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Materials Science

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Course Unit Code636-2002/04
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredSummer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
BET37doc. Ing. Petra Váňová, Ph.D.
Thermodynamic principles of solid substances; one-component systems ; binary systems – eutectic, eutectoid, peritectic, peritectoid reaction; systems with intermediate phases; iron – carbon system.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Student is able to:
- Explain the principal concepts of thermodynamics and their importance in materials study;
- Outline basic processes – solidification and solid phase transformations – in one-component systems;
- Differentiate the behaviour of two-component systems and describe eutectic, eutectoid, peritectic and peritectoid reactions;
- Analyse more complicated binary systems and binary systems with intermediate phases;
- Outline the behaviour of both metastable and stable iron – carbon system and deduce properties of typical alloys.
Course Contents
1. Principles of thermodynamics of solids; systems; components; phases; equilibrium vs non-equilibrium state of thermodynamic systems; Gibbs phase law.
2.-3. Internal structure of solids, imperfections of crystal structure.
4.-5. One-component system, solidification, nucleation of solid phase (stable vs unstable nucleus), homogeneous vs heterogeneous nucleation, phase transformation in solid state.
6.-8. Two-component system and their binary diagrams; basic kinds of binary systems – system with an unlimited solubility in solid state, system with eutectic, peritectic reaction, system with eutectoid, peritectoid reaction.
9. Complex two-component systems comprising phase transformations in solid state and the presence of intermediate phases.
10.-12. Iron – carbon system; metastable, stable diagram; principal reactions; phase and structure description of metastable Fe-C diagram; basic structure constituents in metastable system Fe-C; calculation of phase composition in metastable Fe-C system.
13. Stable system Fe-C, differences to metastable system; graphite containing cast irons; classification, principal characteristics.
14. Phase transformations of austenite at cooling – diffusion, difusionless transformations; characteristics of bainite and martensite.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
CALLISTER, W. D. Materials science and engineering: an introduction. 7. vyd. New York: Wiley, 2007. ISBN 978-0-471-73696-7.
SOJKA, J. Nauka o materiálech. Ostrava: VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2008. Dostupné z:

PTÁČEK, L. Nauka o materiálu I. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2001. ISBN 80-7204-193-2.

CALLISTER, W. D. Materials science and engineering: an introduction. 7. vyd. New York: Wiley, 2007. ISBN 978-0-471-73696-7.
Recommended Reading:
OHRING, M. Engineering materials science. San Diego: Academic Press, 1995. ISBN 0-12-524995-0.
SKOČOVSKÝ, P. Náuka o materiáli pre odbory strojnícke. 2. vyd. Žilina: Žilinská univerzita, 2006. ISBN 80-8070-593-3.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit30 15
        ExaminationExamination70 36