Course detail

Metallic Materials

FCH-BCO_KOVAcad. year: 2017/2018

1. Metal bond.
2. Basic types of crystal lattice.
3. Miller´s indicies, groups of equivalent planes.
4. Categorization of metals according their properties, purity. Polymorphism of metals.
5. Defects o lattices.
6. Solid solutions (Hume-Rothery rules).
7. Gibbs energy. Nucleation, energy balance. TTT diagrams.
8. Binary diagrams.
9. Diffusion (Fick´s laws).
10. Heat treatment of metals.
11. Corrosion of metals.
12. Non-ferrous metals.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Successful graduate of the course is ready to:

1) Based on composition information, describe the phase composition, and chemical nature of phases present in an alloy.
2) Explain differences of structures of most common steel grades, estimate their fundamental properties (weldability, quenchability, tensile strength, corrosion resistance) according their standardized designation .
3) Describe the specifics of brasses, bronzes, duralumins and other nonferrous alloys.
4) Describe the basic meanings of research of metallic materials (metallography, analytic microscopy, corrosion tests, mechanical properties).


General and inorganic chemistry I, II. Structure of materials


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The examination is carried out in oral form.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. An introduction – pros and contras of metallic materials, topics of recent research, fundamental materials´ characteristics.
2. Metal bond – deduction by method MO-LCAO, properties. Arrangement of atoms in crystal lattice.
3. Real structures – defects, their formation and their meaning for chemical, corrosion and mechanical properties of materials.
4. Alloys – solid solutions, intermetallic compounds, Hume – Rothery rules for solid solutions (based on chemical nature of mixed metals). Properties of intermetallic compounds.
5. Equilibrium binary phase diagrams, derivation of composition of alloys.
6. Kinetics and thermodynamics of phase transformations. Diffusion, its mechanisms and quantitative description (during coating formation).
7. Electrochemical properties of metals, corrosion, high-temperature corrosion. Chemistry of corrosion products.
8. Corrosion protection – chemical technology of surface treatments and pretreatments.
9. Means of research of metallic materials, corrosion mechanisms and surface treatments.
10. Basic steel grades. Their composition and information contained in their standardized designation.
11. Nonferrous metals and their alloys: Copper, brasses, bronzes. Aluminum, duralumins.
12. Nonferrous metals and their alloys: Magnesium, zinc, titanium, chromium, nickel, Summary of other metals and their use.


Target audience is presented by students aimed on materials´ chemistry. Goal of the lecture is to introduce real metallic structures in the context of previously taught chemical disciplines. The secondary goal is then the knowledge of most important properties of materials, their practical use and systematic categorization of both ferrous and nonferrous alloys.

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

Subject is taught as lectures with voluntary attendance. According recent plan of study program there is no form of compulsory tasks in this subject.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BKCO_CHM , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHM , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer