Course syllabus

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Light Materials

FKMN15, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2015-04-13

General Information

Elective for: M4, M4-fo, MD4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The objective of the course is to introduce the students to the materials used in light constructions, e.g. light metals and composites. Focus will be on polymer matrix composites, but also the light metals Ti, Al, and Mg and other types of composites will be discussed.

Manufacturing methods, heat treatments, properties, and environmental aspects will be discussed in the course. Special focus will be on dimensioning methods for composites, especially laminate theory.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

be able to analyze cons and pros of a material selection with respect to properties, manufacturing methods, and environmental considerations.


Light alloys: aluminum, titanium, magnesium. Types of alloys, manufacturing, heat treatment, properties, use, recycling.

Composites: Types, fibers, matrixes, manufacturing, dimensioning, laminate theory, properties, use, environmental aspects.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written exam. Written report on composite dimensioning and laborations.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MMT175

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Per Hansson,
Course coordinator: Professor Srinivasan Iyengar,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course will be taught during the Spring Term 2017 and every alternate year after that.