TMT4345 - Material Development


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

Fundamental aspects of material production and why different types of materials are produced in different ways. Manufacture of important materials; metals (emphasis on iron and steel, aluminum, silicon), ceramics and polymers. Important aspects of waste management and recycling of materials, critical elements, energy use and environmental impact throughout the life cycle.

Learning outcome

The candidate:

  • can apply knowledge in chemistry, thermodynamics and material technology to explain why different metallic, ceramic and polymeric materials are produced by different methods.
  • have an understanding of the chemical conditions and production methods for pyro-metallurgical production of iron/steel and silicon, and be able to apply basic thermodynamic knowledge to calculate production temperatures and stable phases in metal production.
  • is familiar with and can explain the most important principles and development trends in the electrolysis of aluminum, nickel, copper and zinc, and can describe and compare electrode materials, electrolyte composition and current density.
  • have knowledge of how ceramic materials are manufactured, can explain the various steps in the manufacturing process and identify crucial parameters to achieve high quality of the product.
  • has knowledge of how both fossil and renewable polymeric materials are produced, can describe and explain selected processes for the production of monomers, polymerization mechanisms and waste management methods.
  • has an overview of a selection of forming processes for ceramic and polymeric materials, can identify possibilities and limitations, and compare the processes.
  • has knowledge of environmental impact and energy use in the production of different materials, and can describe and compare different manufacturing methods.
  • has insight into technical, economic and social aspects of recycling materials, and can discuss these aspects.
  • can carry out project work in groups and present the work as an oral presentation.
  • can carry out practical laboratory work in the field of material production of various materials and document the work in a written report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, laboratory work (including written report) and project work in group (including oral presentation).

Expected time consumption:

  • Lectures: 50 hours
  • Own work: 70 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Laboratory work: 30 hours
  • Project work: 20 hours
  • Total: 200 hours

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Laboratory report
  • Project work

Further on evaluation

All compulsory elements (exercises, laboratory reports and project work) have to be approved to take the final exam. Information on requirements for number of approved exercises and other obligatory activities will be given at the start of the semester. The exam will be the basis for the final grade. The re-examination may be given as a written or oral examination.

Course materials

M. Tangstad (ed.): "Metal production in Norway", Akademika (2013) Compendium in ceramics, polymers and recycling. Various resources.

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
  • Engineering 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 2023-11-28 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL510 Sluppenvegen 14 51
SL111 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 7
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 5
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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