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Materials Science

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Course Unit Code636-2002/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated5 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *
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
SOJ33prof. Dr. Ing. Jaroslav Sojka
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
Tasks are not Defined