TMT4340 - Materials and sustainable development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 30/100
School exam 70/100 4 hours C

Course content

The aim of the course is to give a structural and quantitative analysis of sustainable development with emphasis on the role of materials. The course gives a general introduction and description of the fundamental concepts of sustainable development. A systematic methodology to analyze and evaluate specific cases with respect to sustainability is presented and applied through problem based project work where students work in teams. The aim is to introduce a method that involves a quantitative approach to consider sustaianble solutions especially related to the use of materials. Metallic materials will be prioritized. Resources, raw materials, primary production, downstream processing, use and recycling for important metals such as iron and steel, aluminium and other light metals and alloys will be included. Theories for life cycle analyses and circular economy will be mentioned.

Learning outcome

After following the course the student should be able to have basic knowledge on the following:

Understand the basics of the fundamental methodology for assessing the complexity of sustainable development with emphasis on materials and especially selected metals and alloys.

Ability to carry out case studies by systematic analyses of important aspects of sustainability. Ability to work in small teams and discuss sustainable development for specific cases. Ability to evaluate possibilities for sustainable technologies.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work in groups with submission of reports and exercises are included.

The grade will be based on written exam and reports from case studies in groups.

Excursion to aluminium plant may be organized.

Further on evaluation

In case of a re-sit exam, the exam form might be changed to oral examination. If a student wants to improve his grade in the course, both assessments must be done again.

Required previous knowledge

Exam in TMT4171 and TMT4178 must be passed in order to take the course.

Course materials

Selected chapters from the following books will be the major part of the curriculum.

Materials and Sustainable Development, 1st Edition Michael F. Ashby, Butterworth and Heinemann Chemical Processes for a Sustainable Future Editors: Trevor Letcher, Janet Scott, Darrell Patterson Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, 2014, Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-975-7

More on the course



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
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 C 2023-12-21 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL311 lyseblå sone Sluppenvegen 14 22
Autumn ORD Assignment 30/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 70/100 C PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
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