Both the bulk and the surface of many machine elements need specific physical, mechanical and/or chemical characteristics in order to show the desired functional behavior. For example, the bulk of the material needs sufficient strength and stiffness while the surface needs sufficient protection against the environment. In this course, descriptions of important bulk- and surface properties of materials will be given. Most attention will be paid to materials for light-weight constructions as composites and light metals. Some subjects that will be discussed within the framework of this course are micromechanics, anisotropy, corrosion, microgeometry and contact mechanics. The course will be concluded with assignments and an oral examination.
The Surface Technology and Tribology group provides the 'Surfaces'-part of this course.
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