IMAK2011 - Material Testing and Characterization


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Crystallography: crystallographic points, directions and planes (Miller indices). Slip systems.

Destructive characterization techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD), light microscopy, electron microscopy (SEM, EDS), advanced microscopy techniques (AFM, FIB, etc.)

Non-destructive testing (NDT): X-ray fluorescence (XRF), visual, ultrasound, radiography, penetrant, magnetic powder and eddy current.

Fracture mechanics, fatigue and test methods.

Failure Analyzes.

Learning outcome

The candidate:

  • has basic knowledge of crystallography and can draw, determine indices and calculate atomic density in crystallographic directions and planes in a unit cell, and explain slip of dislocations.
  • has an understanding of theoretical principles of X-ray diffraction (XRD), light microscopy and electron microscopy (SEM) and can characterize and analyze the results for selected materials.
  • has knowledge of non-destructive testing (NDT) and can perform and interpret results for selected methods.
  • have insight into the mechanisms of failure and fatigue, have an understanding of different test methods, and can analyze data from selected tests.
  • has an overview of methods for material testing and characterization, can identify applications, compare possibilities and limitations, and make reasoned choices of methods.
  • can use knowledge of fracture mechanics, material testing and characterization to plan and perform an failure analysis.
  • can plan, carry out and document laboratory work within material testing and characterization in written reports.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and laboratory work.

Expected Time Consumption:

  • Lectures: 60 hours
  • Own work: 60 hours
  • Exercises: 20 hours
  • Laboratory work: 60 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

All compulsory work requirements (exercises and laboratory work) must be approved to take the final written examination. Information about requirements for the number of approved exercises and details about the laboratory work will be provided at the beginning of the semester. In case of re-sit exam, written exam may be changed to oral exam. Re-sit exam: August.

For applications for crediting, approval and integration of courses from previous years or other institutions' equivalent education, each application will be dealt with individually and the applicant must be able to count credits for overlapping courses.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Materials Engineering (FTHINGMAT)

Required previous knowledge

Access to the course requires admission to the study programme Bachelor of Engineering, Materials Technology, NTNU, Trondheim (FTHINGMAT).

Course materials

William D. Callister and David G. Rethwisch: Materials science and engineering. SI version., Wiley, 9th edition, 2014. Various distributed resources and literature.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMAK2006 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 40
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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