308.862 Materials Science of Metallic Materials
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • understand the relationships between atomic bonds, crystal structures and the resulting material properties.
  • describe the effects of defects in the crystal structure. (Materials are like people: Defects make them interesting) No ruby without "defects" in its corundum structure.
  • understand how crystal nuclei form and grow.
  • explain the diverse structural phenomena of the materials (using steel and cast iron as examples, we will discuss corresponding phase changes and the resulting microstrutcure).
  • to understand that especially the 1-dimensional crystal defects (so-called dislocations) contribute significantly to the specific properties of metals.

Subject of course

  • Atomic Structure of Materials;
  • The Structure of Crystalline Solids;
  • Imperfections in Solids;
  • Diffusion;
  • Mechanical Properties of Metals;
  • Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms;
  • Phase Diagrams;
  • Phase Transformations in Metals: Development Microstructure and Alteration of Mechanical Properties;
  • Application and Processing of Metal Alloys.

Teaching methods

Discussion of case studies and exercises.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

The course is given in German AND English.

During the prolog on Fr. Oct. 1st (11:00 am, online, link at tuwel) there will be an information session, in which the course of the lecture as well as the examination will be explained. In addition, the historical development of materials will be briefly presented and the special features of metallic materials (such as combination of toughness and strength) will be explained with examples.


On Mondays (14:00 - 16:00 o'clock, as presence lecture at the Radinger), the lecture is given in German. The first unit will be given on the 1st Monday in October.

On Thursdays (8:15 - 09:45 am, as a LIVE online-event https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/98923857985?pwd=dU44dFZuem15UDZ2VjJFVml2dUpuUT09), the lecture is given in English.Attention: this week the Thursday unit takes place on Fr. 08.10. at 8:15 am.



Course dates

Fri11:00 - 13:0001.10.2021 zoom link in TUWEL (LIVE)Prolog to materials science
Mon14:00 - 16:0004.10.2021 - 24.01.2022GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu08:00 - 10:0007.10.2021 - 27.01.2022 distance learning (LIVE)Lecture - English
Materials Science of Metallic Materials - Single appointments
Fri01.10.202111:00 - 13:00 zoom link in TUWELProlog to materials science
Mon04.10.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu07.10.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon11.10.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu14.10.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon18.10.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu21.10.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon25.10.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu28.10.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Thu04.11.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon08.11.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu11.11.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon15.11.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu18.11.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon22.11.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu25.11.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon29.11.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu02.12.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English
Mon06.12.202114:00 - 16:00GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH Lecture
Thu09.12.202108:00 - 10:00 distance learningLecture - English

Examination modalities

Written and oral Exam!

Both parts of the exam (written and oral) need to be positive (>50 %).

During the lecture, it is possible to take part in the offered small tests (about 15 min, immediately before four of the mentioned lecture dates). The exact dates will be announced during the lecture, a week earlier. The points obtained will be added to the points of the written exam, if the exam is performed within the same year of study and at least 50% are obtained for the written part. It is not possible to worsen the result of the exam by taking part at the small tests.

The exams, written or oral, are based on the script.

Written part: Mandatory for all students. A written exam is typically structured in 7 subsections (which cover the entire lecture content). Part of any written exam is the iron-carbon diagram, corresponding cooling curves, and the usage of the lever-rule.

Oral part: The oral exam is mandatory if the written part was between 50 and 55%, or if major sections of the written exam were below 50%. From the 3rd examination-entrance onward, an oral examination is always required for a positive assessment. Typically, the oral part is 1-3 weeks after the written part. Procedure: 1h per group of 4-5 students (online or in the BE building 4. floor).

Covid-specific: Written exams are held as attendance exams, if permitted. If not allowed, online exams (via zoom) will take place on the dates indicated. Details will follow a few days before the respective exam dates. In any case, please register in time for the desired dates and consider the conditions given at TUWEL.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed12:00 - 14:0013.12.2023GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written13.11.2023 07:00 - 13.12.2023 07:00TISSPr. Dez Letzter Termin WS22
Fri10:00 - 13:0026.01.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written15.01.2024 08:00 - 26.01.2024 07:00TISSPr. Erster Termin WS23
Thu10:00 - 13:0001.02.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written11.01.2024 00:00 - 01.02.2024 07:00TISSPr. Feb
Fri10:00 - 13:0008.03.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written02.02.2024 09:00 - 08.03.2024 07:00TISSAnfang SS
Fri08:00 - 11:0026.04.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written17.04.2024 09:00 - 26.04.2024 07:00TISSMitte SS
Thu13:00 - 15:0027.06.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written28.05.2024 09:00 - 24.06.2024 17:00TISSEnde SS

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
02.09.2021 12:00 18.12.2021 12:00 18.12.2021 12:00

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
KW0417.10.2021 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 245 Mechanical Engineering Mandatory3. Semester
033 273 Chemical and Process Engineering Not specified3. Semester
033 282 Mechanical Engineering - Management Mandatory3. Semester
066 434 Materials Sciences Not specified


The course is based on individual chapters of the book: "Materials Science and Engineering" by William D. Callister and David G. Rethwisch. A special Edition for this lecture is available in the book store INTU. This book is recommended for the lecture and the exam preparation, as well as the lecture-book of G. Gottstein "Physical Foundations of Materials Science". 

The script (also in English and color) is available at the first lecture, after that in the office of the institute (9-12 and 13-17 clock), Getreidemarkt 9 (building BE, 4 floor).