636-0501/02 – Metals I (KOV I)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Material EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Stanislav Lasek, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Stanislav Lasek, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2004/2005Year of cancellation2020/2021
Intended for the facultiesUSPIntended for study typesBachelor
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Extent of instruction for forms of study
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Full-time Credit and Examination 2+1

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

- Define the meaning of investigations on structure and properties of technical materials; - Characterise the crystal structure of metals and their alloys, define defects in crystals; - Describe the fundamental mechanical tests; - To define the basic technological tests; - Describe the basic types of equilibrium binary phase diagrams; - Characterise the binary diagrams in Fe-C system and classify iron based alloys; - Outline the principles of heat treatment of metals and alloys; - Characterisation of important non-ferrous metals and their alloys.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The lectures offer the basic knowledges on chemical composition, structure, properties and application of metals and alloys. First part of subject is devoted to interatomic bonds and crystallic structure of metals. The second one deals with influence of external forces on materials, with testing of mechanical and technological properties of materials and is completed by degradation processes (creep, fatigue, corrosion and wearing). Third one is aimed at binary systems, ispecially, iron-carbon diagram, as teoretical basis for understanding of steels a cast irons. In this field the students gain also the knowledges about alloying, thermal treatment and properties of steels. The next part of subject gives the informations about the non-ferrous metals (mainly Al, Cu, Ni, Ti alloys), their properties and applications. The lectures are extended to sintered and progressive metals, such as intermetallics, metal glasses and composites. The last part is orientated into the materials design according to the application purposes and sources of informations, standards and databases. Explanation is completed by the case examples of materials in technical practice. In connestion with lectures, the excercises have a laboratory and control character.

Compulsory literature:

- CALLISTER, D. W., Materials Science and Engineering. An Introduction. Iowa: University Iowa, John Wiley-Sons, 2007, ISBN 978-0-471-73696-7.

Recommended literature:

- ASCELAND, D. R. et al. The Science and Engineering of Materials. New York: Springer US, 1996, 854 p. ISBN 978-1-4899-2895-5.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Programs, tests, written assessment (see exercise)


Sojka, J., Základy progresivních konstrukčních materiálů. VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2012, 194 s. (www.person.vsb.cz) Callister, W. D., Materials Science and Engineering. An Introduction. John Wiley Sons, 2009, 721 p. (e-Textbook available on the Internet)

Other requirements

Other requirements for students Compulsory participation in excercises, treatments of protocols for excercise by PC, support of protocols terms,


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Lectures: 1. Content of the course, the importance of metallic materials. Entering the literature. Basic distribution of materials, interatomic bonds. Crystallography, indexes of directions and planes. 2. Defects of the crystal lattice: points, curves and plane defects, their properties. The processes of diffusion, Fick's laws. Recovery and recrystallization, related diagrams. 3. The influence of external forces on the metals, mechanical stress and deformation (elastic, plastic), Hooke's law. Tensile test and basic mechanical properties. 4. Tests in compression, bending, torsion and shear. Mechanical properties at higher temperatures, creep and relaxation. Fatigue, wear and corrosion of metals. 5. Test methods of hardness, evaluation of notch and fracture toughness, transition temperatures. Cracks and fractures. Technological tests. Defectoscopy and diagnostics. 6. Crystallization of metals and alloys, related to thermodynamics and kinetics. Segregation, partition coefficients. Ingot structure, dendritic, polyhedral grains, stability of phases. 7. The basic types of binary diagrams, solubility and precipitation in alloys. Cooling curves, lever rule. Phase transformations (eutectic, peritectic, eutektoid, peritektoid. 8. Metastable equilibrium and a stable iron-carbon diagram (system). Equilibrium structures of steels and cast irons. The influence of alloying elements and impurities on the structure and properties of steels. Basics of steel production. 9. Technology of thermal treatment of steel: annealing, hardening, tempering. Pearlite, bainite and martensitic transformation of austenite. IRA and ARA diagrams. Effect of heat treatment on the properties of steels. 10. Thermo-chemical treatment of steels: carburizing, nitriding. Thermo- mechanical processing. Overview wrought construction steel and tool ones. Cast steel, cast iron. Marking of steels. 11. Non-ferrous alloys, especially Al, Cu, Ni, processing, properties and use. Marking of alloys according to standards. 12. Other non-ferrous metals: titanium, magnesium, low-melting metals, refractory metals, precious metals, intermetallics, metal glasses. Metal composite materials. 13. Sintered metals, advantages powder metallurgy. Production, preparation, compaction and sintering of powders. Important sintered materials, porous materials, metal-ceramic materials. 14. The main principles, procedures and criteria for selecting of metallic materials. The use of standards, manuals, databases. The economic and technical aspects of material selection. Exercise: 1. Practice, the conditions for granting credit, the safety in laboratories. Crystallographic geometry, examples. 2. Tensile test and notch impact test. Program No. 1 (2-4 points). 3. Tests of hardness and technological tests. Program 2 (2-4 points) 4. Written control of study (of crystallography, testing and defectoscopy methods of metals). 5. Iron-carbon diagram, equilibrium structures typical of steels and cast irons, using metallographic microscope. Program No. 3 (2-4 points) 6. Selected non-ferrous metals, monitoring of the structure, grain size determination. Program No. 4 (2-4b.) 7. Test. Binary diagrams and steels. Credit.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2004/2005 Winter semester, validity until: 2020/2021 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  15
        Examination Examination 70  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: The participation in lectures is recommended, participation in exercise is compulsory.

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