Material Science and Material Selection


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module adds to the knowledge obtained in:
Linear Algebra
Fundamental Chemical Engineering and Thermodynamics or Introduction to Mechanics and Thermodynamics.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Explain the fundamental structure and properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites
  • Account for equilibrium and non-equilibrium diagrams
  • Account for the selection of materials
  • Account for material processing, including joining and surface treatment
  • Explain the fundamental mechanisms in corrosion and wear/abrasion
  • Describe material testing and the applicability of results gained from testing


  • Carry out a material selection and select an appropriate processing method for such material
  • Identify materials through acquired methods for material testing
  • Evaluate if a material is suitable for a given purpose based on the properties of the material 
  • Select materials for a given application
  • Select a processing method and method for joining of materials if required


  • Evaluate the properties and applicability of a given material for engineering purposes
  • Evaluate if a material will be subject to chemical or mechanical degradation in a given environment, and if needed subsequently select an appropriate surface treatment or substitution of the material

Type of instruction

Lectures and theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examMaterial Science and Material Selection
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleMaterialelære og materialevalg
Module codeK-KT-B4-5
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science