635-2048/01 – Materials testing methods (MTM)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Thermal EngineeringCredits6
Subject guarantorIng. Michaela Topinková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantorIng. Michaela Topinková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2023/2024Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
TOP36 Ing. Michaela Topinková, Ph.D.
VLC37 prof. Ing. Jozef Vlček, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+2
Part-time Credit and Examination 18+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student will be able to: - determine selected properties of ceramic materials - characterize ceramic materials for thermal processes based on their properties - assess the properties of thermal process materials in terms of their composition and structure - predict the lifetime of materials depending on their properties - assess the suitability of materials for specific applications

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course introduces students to the basic properties of ceramic materials, mostly refractory, teaches how to determine the properties of materials and use their knowledge to assess the suitability of materials for specific applications. In addition to the parameters of ceramic products, attention is given to the properties of raw materials for their preparation.

Compulsory literature:

1. KOLLER, A. Structure and Properties of Ceramics. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1994. ISBN 0-444-98719-3.

Recommended literature:

2. CARTER, C. B., NORTON, M. G. Ceramic Materials: Science and Engineering. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4614-3522-8.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Written test and oral exam.


Other requirements

Attendance on excurions in producing plants.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Density criteria. Methods for determining green density, bulk density, absorption, apparent and actual porosity, methods of automated density determination 2. Description of the granulometric composition of the raw material mixture. Sieve analysis, particle counters, classifiers. Principles of using individual methods for describing granulometric composition. 3. Specific surface area of powders. Permeable and sorptive methods of specific surface area determination. 4. Mechanical properties of inorganic non-metallic materials. Relationships between material structure and theoretical strength. Compressive, tensile and flexural strength. 5. Young's modulus of elasticity - static and dynamic methods of determining modulus of elasticity. Hardness and microhardness. Abrasion resistance. 6. Thermal properties. Heat capacity. Effective coefficient of thermal conductivity. Methods of determining the thermal conductivity coefficient. 7. Thermal expansion. Methods of determining thermal expansion. 8. Refractoriness under load. Creep. Thermal shock resistance. Refractoriness. High temperature volume stability. 9. Chemical and phase composition of ceramic materials. Overview of basic methods for describing chemical and phase composition. 10. Thermal analysis methods, basic overview. 11. Applications of refractory materials in terms of their functional properties.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2023/2024 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 25  15
        Examination Examination 75  36 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Min. 80 % attendance on exercise.

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: Min. 80 % attendance on exercise.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2024/2025 (B0713A070001) Thermal energetics engineering ZMP P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2024/2025 (B0713A070001) Thermal energetics engineering ZMP K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (B0713A070001) Thermal energetics engineering ZMP K Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2023/2024 (B0713A070001) Thermal energetics engineering ZMP P Czech Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

Occurrence in special blocks

Block nameAcademic yearForm of studyStudy language YearWSType of blockBlock owner

Assessment of instruction

2023/2024 Summer