TMT4240 - Microstructure and 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 D

Course content

Steel: Microstructures (ferrite, pearlite, bainite, martensite, austenite), TTT diagrams, hardening of steel, common construction steels, HSLA steels, quenched and tempered steels, casehardened stels, tool steels, stainless steels (ferritic, austenitic, martensitic, duplex. Cast iron. Aluminium alloys: Wrought alloys, cast alloys, heat treatable alloys, non-heat-treatable alloys. Copper alloys: Brass, bronze. Magnesium, titanium and nickel alloys.

Learning outcome

Through this course, the students obtain a basic knowledge of the microstructure and properties of technological important metals and alloys. The students should aquire an understanding of the relation between chemical composition, phase diagram, processing, microstructure and user properties of these metals. User properties include primarily mechanical properties like strength, hardness, ductility and toughness, but the students should also obtain an understanding of the corrosion resistance and weldability of metals (steel and aluminium).

After the course, the students should be able to explain the effects that alloying elements have in the most applied alloy systems, and they should have obtained a basis for chosing correct alloy and correct processing for different applications. In addition, the students should have obtained a basic understanding of favourable microstructures, and from the microstructure of an alloy (micro- and nano level) be able to assess whether the alloy has been given the correct processing (heat treatment etc.). For steel, that makes the major part of the course, the students should be able to carry out calculations on phase distributions, strength, transition temperature, stable grain size (Zener), hardenability, tempering, carburizing and decarburizing. Furthermore, the students should have laboratory skills in heat treatment of steels and aluminium, hardness measurements, metallographic work (specimen preparation, light microscopy). Through laboratory work and report writing the students should develop their skills in collaboration and written communication of scientific results.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, mandatory tutorials and laboratory exercises. Expected time use: lectures 56 hours, tutorials 28 hours, laboratory work 36 hours, and self-tuition 80 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises , Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

Basic competence within Materials Science and Engineering.

Course materials

Jan Ketil Solberg: Teknologiske metaller og legeringer, compendium.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK5038 7.5
IMAK6002 2.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

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 D 2023-11-27 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL210 Sluppenvegen 14 22
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 3
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 1
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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