Course detail

Properties and Production of Electrotechnic Materials

FEKT-MPA-PPMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject is lectured in English language and is determined for those who want to improve their knowledge of technical English with orientation to structure, composition and properties of basic categories of electrotechnical materials and methods of their production.

Offered to foreign students

The home faculty only

Learning outcomes of the course unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- classify electrical materials from the point of view of their properties and usage,
- explain nature of physical phenomena that take place in the structure of electrical materials,
- be knowledgeable in English terminology in the field of electrotechnical materials, their structure, composition, properties and selected production processes,
- be knowledgeable in English written technical texts with mentioned themes,
- use specialized English terminology both in written text and in speech.


Knowledge of electrical materials on the level of the bachelor's course Materials and technical documentation.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

L.H. Van Vlack, Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th ed., Addison Wesley,1989. ISBN 0201093146, 610 p. (EN)
P. Van Zant, Microchip Fabrication, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, 2000. ISBN 007 1356363,632 p. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods contain lectures and individual work (presentation on selected topic of electrotechnically important materials and their production technologies).

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

up to 40 points from student presentation
up to 60 points from written test focused on verification of knowledge and orientation in presented topics

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Structure, composition and properties of electrotechnic materials.
Metals, electrical and thermal conductivity of metals. Materials for conductors and resistors, manufacturing of windings, thermocouples.
Superconductivity, superconductors of the 1st and 2nd class, high temperature superconductors.
Magnetic materials, theory of the ferromagnetic state, losses in magnetic materials.
Soft and hard magnetic materials, metallic magnetic materials, ferrites.
Semiconductors, concentration of carriers, conductivity of semiconductors.
Non equilibrium states in semiconductors.
Generation - recombination process.
Properties of basic semiconductor structures, PN junction, metal-insulator-semiconductor, metal-semiconductor.
Production of semiconductor materials and structures.
Insulators and dielectrics, polarization mechanisms, dielectrics in dc and ac electric fields.
Conductivity and losses in insulators, electrical and thermal breakdown of insulators.
Survey of insulators in solid, liquid and gaseous state. Manufacturing of ceramics, glasses and plastics.


The aim of the subject is a professional language preparation of students for a study in English or jobs demanded knowledge of English terminology in electrotechnics with orientation to electrotechnic materials and their production. The subject is set for the students having basic knowledge of English grammar and spoken English.

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

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-KAM Master's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPC-EEN Master's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective
  • Programme MPA-EEN Master's, any year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

Type of course unit