ECTS credits: 4
Lectures: 2
Exercises: 1

Course objective:

Gaining knowledge of materials and fundamentals of thermal processing.

Course contents:

Introduction to the science of materials. Technical materials, description and basic classification. Material substance and structure. Crystallography - science of crystal structures. Metals and alloys. Iron carbon alloys. Status diagram. Fe-C diagram. Steel, basic classification, properties and use. Iron casts, systematization and properties. Light metals and alloys, classification, properties and application. Polymeric materials. Composite materials, properties and application. Basic properties of engineering materials. Methods of testing mechanical properties of materials. Fundamentals of heat treatment. Heat treatment procedures. Annealing, hardening, enhancement. Procedures of thermochemical treatment. Cementing, nitration, boronising. The purpose of heat treatment. Fields and examples of applying engineering materials in motor vehicles and aircraft industries.


Comprehension of the substance, structure and properties of materials. Selecting an optimal material for specific conditions of application. Familiarization with basic procedures in thermal treatment of materials and the purpose of their implementation.

Learning outcomes:

Learning outcomes: Having passed the exam, the student will be able to: 1. Distinguish particular types of engineering materials according to their composition and structure. 2. Examine basic mechanical properties of engineering materials. 3. Analyse requirements in the selection of engineering materials for a specific purpose. 4. Distinguish the procedures of heat and thermochemical treatment. 5. Integrate knowledge acquired on engineering materials and application requirements. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of aircraft maintenance: -Complete operating manuals based on the analysis of aviation regulations relating to aircraft maintenance, airworthiness and operating requirements. -Apply the concept of a quality system in an airline company or an aircraft maintenance organisation. -Distinguish aircraft maintenance according to MSG-2 and MSG-3 concepts. -Solve problems and tasks in the field of mechanics, thermodynamics, electrical engineering, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics, relating to aircraft operations. -Use English with aviation vocabulary at the level sufficient to understand the aircraft technical documentation and to apply procedures written in English. These learning outcomes contribute to the following outcomes of the study programme of motor vehicle maintenance: - Apply the technological processes of motor vehicle maintenance. - Use teamwork skills in motor vehicle servicing. - Present a motor vehicle status analysis