Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering


To provide the basic knowledge of materials science and engineering, concerning the structure, properties, processing, testing applications and in-service behavior

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Margarida Rolim Augusto Lima


Weekly - 4

Total - 72

Teaching language



No special requirement.


Principles of Materials Science and Engineering. W. F. Smith. McGraw-Hill

Ciência e Engenharia de Materiais - Uma Introdução. W.D. Callister, D.G. Rethwisch, 8ª Edição (tradução de S.M.S. Soares), Rio de Janeiro, 2013.

Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering. An Integrated Approach, de William Callister Jr, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2005.

Introduction to Materials Science for Engineers, de J. F. Schackelford, MacMillan, 2nd. edition, New York, 2000.Materials Science on CD-ROM.

Teaching method

 The base concepts on the structure and properties of the diferente classes materials are presented in the theoretical-practical classes so that they be treated through examples. These concepts are then consolidated through practical laboratory classes where the students complet with additional exercises and performs practical sessions on  the structural characterization of materials and determination of mechanical properties.



Evaluation method

The evaluation consists of 3 theoretical and pratical written tests (each test corresponds to 1/3 of the final classication). The Evaluation does not exempt performance of all tests as well as the mandatory frequency of laboratory classes. Students wishing to do the course solely by the final examination must attend laboratory classes.

Subject matter

Introduction. Chemical bond. Crystalline structure. Structural defects. Mechnical testing of materials: tensile, hardness and impact tests. Structural chracterization of materials. Diffusion. 1st. and 2nd Fick laws. Phase diagrams. Steels and cast iron. Heat treatment of steels. Heat treatment of aluminum alloys. Precipitation hardening. Copper alloys: brasses and bronzes. Heat resistant alloys: nickel superalloys. Shape memory alloys. Polymeric materials: thermoplastic, thermosetting and elastomers; characteristics and applications.; mechanical behavior of polymers. Ceramic materials: superconductors; semiconductors; glasses. Composites: classification; models of mechanical behavior. Corrosion. Materials protection. Failure analysis. Design and selection of materials: demonstration of the program CES (Ashby) for the selection of materials and processes.