Course code MašZ3031

Credit points 4.50

Materials Science

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation17.02.2015

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author Inženiertehnikas un enerģētikas institūts

Gunārs Vērdiņš

Dr. sc. ing.

Replaced course

MmehB004 [GMMEB004] Materials Science

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to get acquainted with the classification of construction materials, physical-mechanical properties, structure, application, alloy theory. They get to know the theory of alloys, iron - carbon condition diagram, thermal treatment theory and technology. Students learn of surface fastening of details, to acquire knowledge about alloy steels, non - ferrous metals and alloys, composite materials, non - metals materials, nanomaterials and fundamental principles of selection the materials.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of the properties, heat treatment and application of construction and tool materials. Assessment - test.
Skills to choose materials for making parts and tools. Assessment - test and laboratory work reports.

Competence in the properties, marking and application of mechanical engineering materials and tool materials. As a result of successful completion of the course, the student acquires information about the structure, physical, mechanical, technological and operational properties of materials used in mechanical engineering; on the types and technologies of heat treatment of metals and alloys; on the principles for the selection of mechanical engineering materials. Assessed with successful passing of the exam.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Classification of materials - 2h. Laboratory work (L.w.) Metallography microscope MIM-7 - 1h.
2. Alloy theory - 2h. L.w. Macro- and microanalysis - 1h.
3. Iron and its alloys - 2h. L.w. Iron-cementite state diagram - 2h.
4. Classification and marking of non-alloy steels - 2h. L.w. Determination of hardness by the Brinell method - 1h.
5. Theory of heat treatment - 2h. L.w. Determination of hardness by Rockwell method - 1h.
6. Basics of heat treatment technology - 2h. L.w. Determination of mechanical properties of metals - 2h.
7. Hardening, tempering, annealing technologys - 2h. L.w. Heat treatment of non-alloy steels - 2h.
8. Surface treatment methods of details - 2h. L.w. Microanalysis of non-alloy stehl - 1h.
9. Alloy steels - 2h. L.w. Cast iron microanalysis - 1h.
10. Non - ferrous metals and their alloys - 2h. L.w. Classification and marking of alloy steels - 1h.
11. Tool materials - 2h. L.w. Classification and marking of non-ferrous metals - 1h.
12. Special materials - 2h. L.w. Spark method - 1h.
13. Non-metallic materials - 2h. L.w. Spectral analysis - 1h.
14. Composite materials - 2h.
15. Nanomaterials - 2h.

16. Principles of material selection - 2h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

To obtain credit points, you must systematically attend lectures, develop and successfully defend laboratory work, complete homework, successfully write 4 tests and successfully pass an exam.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students complete 10 homework on the physical and mechanical properties of metals, metallurgy, material marking, heat treatment, material recognition and prepare for tests.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Study results are evaluated according to the performance of laboratory work, completion of homework, quality of tests and successful passing of the exam

Compulsory reading

1. Vērdiņš G., Dukulis I. Materiālu mācība. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 240 lpp.
2. Tabellenbuch Metall. Mechanical and metal trades handbook. Ulrich Fischer ... et al. 2nd English ed. Haan-Gruiten: Verlag Europa Lehrmittel, 2010. 428 p.
3. Materiālu mācība. Metodiskie norādījumi laboratorijas darbiem. LLU, Jelgavā, 2004. 62 lpp.

4. Askeland D.R., Phule P.P. The Science and Engineering of Materials. International Sudent Edition. 2006. 863 p.

Further reading

1. Ozoliņš J. Materiālu mācība. Rīga: “Zvaigzne”, 1978. 245 lpp.
2. Encyclopedia of materials: Science and Technology. Edited by K.M.Jurgen Buchow ... [et al.]. Volume 1-11. Amsterdam ... [etc.]: Elsevier Science Ltd., 2001.

3. Steel: A handbook for materials research and engineering. H.-E. Arntz ... et al. Berlin etc.: Springer; Düsseldorf: Verl. Stahleisen.


Compulsory study course in bachelor study programs “Machine Design and Production”, “Agricultural Engineering”