TMM4140 - Mechanical Properties of Materials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course discusses the basics of mechanics and materials science with the objective of rationalizing, predicting, modifying and describing the mechanical behavior of materials. The focus is on the correlation between structure-property-performance.

The course starts with the relationship between stress and strain in the elastic regime, followed by the theories of plasticity and failure. It concentrates on the physics of plastic deformation and its interaction with the microstructure. The course also considers different mechanisms of strengthening of metals through grain refining, alloying with interstitial and substitutional solutes, precipitates, second-phase, etc. Contemporary approaches towards modelling the strain hardening behaviour are highlighted too.

For polymers, the temperature dependence of mechanical properties, and failure mechanisms such as yielding, crazing, creep and stress rupture are presented. Time-dependent viscoelastic response of polymers is evaluated from Kelvin, Maxwell, Zener, and four parameter models. Curve fitting of relaxation stresses is carried out by using Prony series. Boltzmann superposition principle and the time-temperature superposition principle are reviewed. Rubbers with nonlinear elastic stress-extension characteristics are introduced.

A selection of ‘super-materials’ with extreme mechanical properties are introduced and reviewed at the end of the course.

Learning outcome


  • Advanced knowledge about micro-macro relationships and theory of plasticity in relation to plastic forming.
  • Knowledge about time and temperature dependent response of polymers, failure mechanisms, and rubber elasticity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of quantitative relationships used for mechanical properties of materials.


  • Apply the knowledge to the material groups aluminium, steel, stainless steel, and polymers.
  • Basic modeling of viscoelasticity, applying the Boltzmann superposition principle, modelling of the behaviour of rubbers, and the estimation of homogenized properties for composites.

General competence:

  • Carry out case studies with other students and plan, perform, and present the results.
  • Can cooperate and have a good understanding of cooperative working procedures.
  • Ability to communicate in technical language.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on lectures, exercises, and a project work. For project work, a list of possible topics will be provided. However, proposals for interesting course related topics are also welcome. The students work in teams on a selected topic.

Further on evaluation

The outcome of teamwork in the form of two short reports and two presentations will be evaluated, and 30% + 30% = 60% of the final grade will be based on this evaluation. If significant differences in the contributions from group members have been documented, individual adjustment of final grading may be considered.Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes individual home assignments (max 40%) and compulsory project works in groups (max 60%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, and the entire portfolio is assigned a Pass/Fail grade from the 65% total result level.For a re-take of the course, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Exercise hours are intended for working on home assignments and on the project work with guidance from TAs and the professors. Individually completed home assignments are handed in at specific deadlines throughout the semester. Projects works are presented, and handed in as groupwork at the end of the semester (usually before the examination-period).

Course materials

Will be specified in the first lecture.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2035 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100





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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