Minor Programme

Materials Technology for Mechanical Engineering / Trento

Master studies, specialization studies in mechanical engineering

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design

Applied Sciences 


13 September 2021


Minimum recommended level B2

The Courses

Metallic materials engineering (9 ECTS)

Course Code: 146018

Mechanics and Materials for Engineering Design (6 ECTS) – more info

Course Code: 145957

Mandatory topics:

  • Introductory notes on design. Identification of needs. Analysis and synthesis. Reliability, economics, availability, safety, etc. Safety factors.
  • Fundamentals of mechanics of materials: stresses and strains, tensors and invariants, elastic constitutive law, strength criteria, stress states in beams (axial loading, torsion, bending, shear)
  • Advanced concepts of mechanics of materials: strains beyond the elastic limit in beams, stress state in cylinders (elastic and elastic-plastic), stress state in non-conformal contacts, Airy stress function and stress concentration effect.
  • Failures resulting from static loading: yield strength design, ultimate state design (Eurocode 3), fracture mechanics.
  • Failures resulting from variable loading: introduction to fatigue, fatigue testing, factors influencing the fatigue behavior, fatigue verification criteria, fatigue crack propagation.
  • Welding and the design of permanent joints: standards, design, fatigue.
  • Design of nonpermanent joints: bolted joints, shaft-hub couplings.
  • Mechanical springs

Optional topics:

  • Mechanical transmissions, shafts and shaft components.
  • Rolling-contact bearings
  • Gears: kinematics, design and verification
  • Fundamentals of flexible transmissions: belts and chains
  • Structural optimization: formulation of a constrained optimization problem, application to examples of practical interest

Engineering properties of materials (9 ECTS)

Course Code: 146019

Steelmaking and foundry technologies (6 ECTS)– more info

Course Code: 145483

Mandatory topics:

  • Processes for the production of steels. Classification of steels and microstructural quality requirements.
  • Notes on chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Mass and heat balances in metallurgical processes. Combustion.
  • Preliminary treatments of iron ores and scraps.
  • Direct reduction of iron oxides. The Midrex process. Mass and heat balances.
  • The blast furnace. Mass and heat balances. Fuel selection based on the TFT-concept.
  • The basic-oxygen process. Mass and heat balances. Process management.
  • The electric arc furnaces. Mass and heat balances. Design and conduction of the process.
  • Refining treatments. Selection of the treatments with respect to the steel production and its quality.
  • Casting of ingots. Continuous casting. Quality of the products and process management.
  • Foundry processes. Basic operations for the preparation of liquid metal. Casting processes. Cost and performance evaluation.

How to apply

University of Trento, Department of Industrial Engineering

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(UniTrento - Students exchange nominations - Science and Technology Area - 2020/21)

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The University of Trento (Italian: Università degli Studi di Trento, German: Universität Trient) is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.

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