2021 Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Materials

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Ougizawa Toshiaki  Asai Shigeo  Shioya Masatoshi  Morikawa Junko 
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Tue1-2(S421)  Fri1-2(S421)  
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Course description and aims

I. This course deals with fundamentals of materials science in order to understand the relationships between the structures/state and physical properties of materials.
II. 1. Mechanical properties, 2. Thermal properties

Student learning outcomes

Materials science is an academic framework which seeks to analyze the macroscopic properties of materials from a microscopic viewpoint of internal structure, and to develop new materials and to investigate the best way to select materials based on such knowledge. The basis of it is to comprehend materials from an atomic and molecular level to the applied level as a final product in a wide and continuous viewpoint. This course explains the thermal and mechanical properties of metals, organic materials, and inorganic materials from microscopic and macroscopic points of view, with the goal of fostering a base for thinking in terms of materials science.


materials science, mechanical properties, thermal properties

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Before coming to class, students should read the course schedule and check what topics will be covered. Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purposes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is materials science Understand the course objectives.
Class 2 Microscopic elastic property Understand the energy elasticity, entropic elasticity, and anisotropic elastic modulus.
Class 3 Macroscopic elastic property Understand the tensile modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus,‎ and Poisson's ratio.
Class 4 Microscopic viscous property Understand the viscosity of gas and liquid.
Class 5 Macroscopic viscous property Understand the viscous flow.
Class 6 Microscopic viscoelastic property Understand the pseudoelasticity and thermo-elasticity.
Class 7 Macroscopic viscoelastic property Understand the Maxwell model, Voigt model, and linear viscoelasticity.
Class 8 Thermal properties of materials1. Introduction Understand the objectives to learn thermal properties in materials science.
Class 9 Thermal properties of materials2. Temperature, entropy, and heat capacity in materials science Understand the temperature, entropy, and heat capacity in materials science.
Class 10 Thermal properties of materials3. Thermal expansion in materials science Understand the thermal expansion in materials science.
Class 11 Thermal properties of materials4. Thermal conduction, heat transfer, and thermal convection in materials science Understand the thermal conduction, heat transfer, and thermal convection in materials science.
Class 12 Thermal properties of materials5. Thermal radiation in materials science Understand the thermal radiation in materials science.
Class 13 Thermal properties of materials6. Thermal stress, heat storage, thermoelectric property, and energy materials in materials science Understand thermal stress, heat storage, and thermoelectric property, and energy materials in materials science.
Class 14 Thermal properties of materials7. Materials informatics in materials science Understand the materials informatics in materials science.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on term-end exams.

Related courses

  • GRB.A103 : Fundamentals of Materials Science A
  • GRB.A104 : Fundamentals of Materials Science B
  • GRB.A102 : Materials Science Seminar
  • GRB.A101 : Materials Science Literacy

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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