Materials Engineering

A minor in the material engineering gives the student basic knowledge on ceramics, polymers and composite materials. In addition, the wear and corrosion properties of different material groups are studied. After completing the minor, the student understands the use of each material group and also their limitations.

In the engineering industry, the term “materials engineering” is often understood as metal technology. However, the materials are a much larger group than metals alone and frequently the work of material engineer includes topics on plastics, ceramics and composite materials. Especially when designing new components or structures, and at the same time optimizing the strength and weight of them. Managing these material groups cannot be done without specific expertise. The minor in materials science provides the student basic information on plastic (polymer), ceramic and composite materials. In addition, the wear and corrosion properties of different material groups are studied. After completing the minor, the student understands the usability and limitations of each material group and is able to apply the knowledge in their daily work.

This module is only suitable for the students of the FITech Universities.

All four courses are mandatory but the order of the courses is not fixed.

Courses included in the programme:

Advanced Composites (MOL-42236). 5 ECTS. Starts: 7.1.2019.

Apply before Dec 13, 2018

The course gives and introduction to advanced polymer composites, with continuous fibres as reinforcement. In-depth teaching of the mechanics and calculus of linear-elastic fibre-reinforced composites are given. The students are required to have basic knowledge of mechanics of materials before entering the course. In detail, fundamentals of elasticity, the classical beam bending theory, and marix aglebra are necessary as prerequisites.

One of the course teaching methods is a Hack-type assignment where an industry visit is a pre-requisite.

Advanced Ceramics (MOL-52026), 5 ECTS. Starts 7.1.2019

Apply before Dec 13, 2018

The first part of this course is concentrating to engineering ceramics and their mechanical properties and the second part is concentrating to functional ceramics, they principles and applications.

The course gives the students an introduction to functional ceramic materials and relate physical and chemical properties to the structure and composition. The focus is on the thermal, electric, magnetic, and optical properties. After the course the student is able to identify such dependence and has basic knowledge to tailor these properties. Student has also a general picture of their applications in machines, electronics (conductors, insulators, dielectrics, magnets), sensors, energy conversions.

The student will be able to  :

  • Identify the most common engineering ceramics and define their main properties with a special emphasis in mechanical properties which are important in engineering applications.
  • Name the different testing methods and interpret the results.
  • Summarize the main properties, major applications and the limitations of the most common engineering ceramics.
  • define the basic designing methods and apply those for different components.
  • select materials for different applications, especially for applications facing corrosion and wear.
  • name some new trends in engineering ceramics e.g. ceramic composites.
Materials Performance (MOL-32307), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge of materials degradation mechanisms by corrosion, wear and other types of degradation. Understanding of basic corrosion theories, corrosion types, corrosiveness of different environments, properties of materials in corrosive environments, corrosion prevention and monitoring, high temperature corrosion, corrosion measurements, wear mechanisms, wear and friction properties of materials, wear testing, and prevention of wear. Selection of materials for different corrosive and wear applications.

Polymeric Materials, 5 ECTS. Fall 2019

After finishing the course, the student knows and is able to define the most important thermoplastic, thermosetting and natural polymers and elastomers as well as their structure, properties and applications (product examples). Student can explain how the polymeric materials can be modified to reach desired properties. In addition the student knows how the polymeric materials may be recycled and re-used.

Professor in charge: Petri Vuoristo, Tampere University of Technology (

Contact person in practical matters: Coordinator Hannele Kulmala, Tampere University of Technology (

Other teachers: Prof. Mikko Kanerva, Prof. Erkki Levänen, Prof. Essi Sarlin, Lic.Tech. Kati Valtonen

All from Tampere University of Technology


Type of study unit:



5-20 ECTS

Teaching semester

01/2019 - 12/2019

Host university

University of Tampere

Open for non student


Level of studies


General prerequisites

The minor in materials science is suitable for persons operating in design, product development, manufacturing and use of engineering materials.







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