Course detail

Selected Chapters in Materials Science

FSI-9VFMAcad. year: 2020/2021

This course provides students with the theoretical foundations necessary for a complex solution of materials problems. It is conceived as the physical basis of processing technologies of metallic as well as nonmetallic structural metarials. It also includes physical-chemical fundamentals of the sythesis of materials and provides in-depth information about the deformation and fracture behaviour of materials, failure mechanisms, and fundamentals of fracture mechanics.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course enables students to acquire a knowledge about the internal structure of structural materials and about the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of their phase transformations. Students are also made familiar with the deformation and fracture behaviour of materials, with the fundamentals of fracture mechanics, and with selected degradation processes (corrosion, wear).


Fundamental knowledge of inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry, crystallography,and physics of solids. Fundamental notions from the field of thermodynamics. Fundamentals of materials science.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Smallman,R.E.: Modern Physical Metallurgy Butterworths, Kent, England. (EN)
C. Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley; 8 edition 2004 (EN)
Ptáček L. et al. Materials science I and II (in Czech), CERM, Brno 2002
D. C. Wallace: Thermodynamics of Crystals. John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 1972 (EN)
Anderson, J.C.: Materials Science, Chapmen & Hall, London 1990 (EN)
J. Knott: Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics Butterworth & Co Publishers Ltd, 1973 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students sit an examination as part of their doctoral studies.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective is to make students familiar with the connections between the structure of real metallic and non-metallic crystals and the physical processes of their technological applications (heat treatment, metal forming, welding, casting).

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

Students regularly attend lectures, recommended seminars and seminar consultations.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Chemical bonds in solids.
2. Structure of matter and lattice defects.
3. Vibrations of the crystal lattice.
4. Thermodynamics of phase transformation.
5. Diffusion in materials, mechanisms and quantitative descriptions.
6. Application of termodynamics, kinetics and diffusion in phase transformations.
7. Transformations controlled by diffusion.
8. Diffusionless transformations.
Extent and details consulted will depend on PhD topics and other PhD courses content.