Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Metals technology

Overall Course Objectives

The course will enable the students to relate properties and performance of metals and alloys to their internal structure (from atomic to macro scale), resulting from synthesis and subsequent (post-)processing/heat treatment. The course emphasizes the relation between process–microstructure–properties–performance of metallic materials and deals with both ferrous (steels) and non-ferrous (e.g. light-weight) metals and alloys.

Learning Objectives

  • relate phase diagrams and basic diffusion phenomena to the microstructure of metals and alloys
  • recognize the importance of solid state phase transformations to tailor the microstructure and properties of metallic materials
  • explain the influence of processing and post-processing treatments (e.g. heat treatment) on the microstructure and related properties of metals and alloys
  • evaluate mechanical properties and performance
  • identify strengthening mechanisms to improve the mechanical behavior of metals and alloys
  • classify degradation of materials properties through mechanical interaction with the environment
  • select standard metallographic methods and mechanical testing to investigate microstructure and properties of metals and alloys for failure analysis of an industrial product
  • relate microstructure and properties of metals and alloys to their performance under various application-relevant conditions.

Course Content

Crystal structures and crystal lattice imperfections. Basic diffusion theory. Technologically relevant binary phase diagrams and transformation diagrams. Materials processing including heat treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Mechanical properties and strengthening mechanisms. Recovery, recrystallization and grain growth. Degradation and failure including fatigue and creep. Materials characterization.
The scientific, technological and engineering contents of the course will be taught by means of lectures combined with group work on exercises of praxis relevance.
The course provides insights into current research work as well as working routines in industry.

Recommended prerequisites

41650/41657/41659/41681/41683/41680/41686/41684, basic Materials Science

Teaching Method

lectures, group work.



The course is also suitable for BSc and BEng students.

See course in the course database.





13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41661
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 8-12

7.500,00 DKK