TMT4222 - Mechanical Properties of Metals


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The subject is introduced by a review of experimental techniques for characterising mechanical properties with emphasize on simple tensile testing. It is given an introduction to dislocation theory necessary for the understanding of the mechanical properties of metals based on their crystalline nature. In particular the structures of aluminium, and steel are considered as these are of great importance for our national industry. Accordingly the basic mechanisms of yield phenomena and deformation hardening are treated. Relations between the microstructure and the mechanical properties are handled based on simple dislocation models. Furthermore, basic physical metallurgical theories for fracture is examined and an introduction to fatigue is made.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course the student should know how to: - Make simple assumptions and derive based on these the theoretical strength of an ideal crystal. - Explain how and why plastic deformation of metals occurs by dislocation glide. - Estimate cutting reactions and explain interactions between dislocations. - Calculate the distance between partial dislocations. - Explain how a Frank-Reead dislocation source act and calculate the critical stress to activate it. - Account for strengthening mechanisms due to work hardening, grain boundaries, alloying elements in solid solution or asparticles. - Derive the strength contribution from shearable and non-shearable particles. - Make simple assumptions and derive the theoretical fracture strength of an ideal crystal. - Account for and apply Griffiths theory about brittle fractures, simple fracture mechanics and a dislocation based model for ductile fractures. - Explain the difference between low and high cycle fatigue, Paris-Erdogans low for crack growth and give a physical metallurgical description of fatigue in single crystals. - Make simplifying assumptions and derive Orowans low for dislocation speed. - Determine the critical slp system and relate the critical resolved shear stress to the tensile stress in a tensile test of a single crystal. - Describe the various stages of the stress-strain curve resulting from a single crystal tensile test. - Carry out simple fracture mechanical calculations, discuss the transition from ductile to brittle fracture based on temperature, chemical composition, grain size etc. - Perform simple mathematical fatigue calculations, apply the Goodman diagram and calculate the lifetime from Miners rule. - Account for microstructure and slip activity during single crystal fatigue.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Lectures are given in English if there are students from the International master programme. Expected time spent: Lectures: 56 hours. Exercises: 24 hours. Self study: 120 hours. 8 out of 12 exercises must be approved,.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

It is allowed to bring an approved simple calculator and an fcc cube with inscribed tetrahedron at the exam. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Lecture notes.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TMT4220 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 2023-12-18 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 22
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 HJELPEMIDD 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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