Course detail

Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Materials

FSI-TMSAcad. year: 2011/2012

The course is devoted to the microstructure and mechanical properties of basic material kinds; metals, ceramics and polymers. The first part deals with basic principles of interatomic bonds in solids and defects in crystals. The second part contents the theory of elastic and plastic deformation, principles of fracture mechanics and physics of metals fracture. In the third part, micromechanisms of deformation and fracture of ceramics are explained in the relation to physical aspects of advanced technologies of their production. The fourth part deals with the deformation and fracture of individual types of polymers and describes differences between their basic mechanical properties. The course is supported by an extended text book, training examples and guidelines for laboratory experiments.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students get knowledge in microstructural reasons for different mechanical properties of metals, ceramics and polymers and, moreover, in advanced technologies improving their properties. They learn physical approaches to investigation of materials properties by solving working examples.


Basic knowledge of materials engineering, physics and mathematics are expected.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

A.Kelly, A.H.Macmillan: Strong Solids. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1986
J. Pokluda et al.: Mechanické vlastnosti a struktura pevných látek. PC DIR Brno 1994
J. Pokluda et al.: Sbírka úloh a návodů ke cvičení. Sylaby, 1997
J.Menčík: Pevnost a lom skla a keramiky. SNTL Praha 1990
B. Meissner, V. Zilvar : Fyzika polymerů. SNTL/ALFA, Praha 1987

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The examination is based on the test associated, when necessary, with an oral discussion of its results. A necessary condition is rather inedpendent solution of, at least, one of working examples during the training part of the course.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to present a self-contained overview of basic relations between the microstructure and mechanical properties of materials. An emphasise is given to the understanding of micromechanisms of deformation and fracture operating in fundamental classes of materials as metals, ceramics and polymers.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The presence in the training part of the course is obligatory and it is controlled by the teacher. The way of compansation of a missed subject matter depends on its extend and content.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-FIN , 3. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-PMO , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction
2. Bonds in solids
3. Structure of perfect crystals
4. Defects of crystal lattice
5. Structure of polymers
6. Elastic deformation and ideal strength
7. Plastic deformation of metals
8. Strengthening of metals
9. Introduction to fracture mechanics
10. Fracture of metals
11. Deformation and fracture of ceramics
12. Methods improving strength and toughness of ceramics
13. Deformation and fracture of polymers


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2 Crystalography (excercises)
3 Defects in crystals(excercises)
4-5 Introduction to fracture mechanics (excercises)
6-7 Internal friction in materials (laboratory experiment)
8-9 Evaluation of grain size (standards and computer simulation)
10-11 Fatigue crack growth curves and fractography (evaluation methods and computer processing)
12-13 Excursion to laboratories of the Institute of Physics of Materials, Czech Academy of Sciences, in Brno