Science and Technology of Non-metallic materials

Credits: 
6
Year of erogation: 
2021/2022
Unit Coordinator: 
Disciplinary Sector: 
Science and Technology of Materials
Semester: 
First semester
Year of study: 
2
Language of instruction: 

Italian

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course the student will acquire the main knowledge of the different classes of materials as well as their specific production technologies.
Expertise
The student will be able to make informed choices in the selection of materials for the various applications. The student will be able to make informed choices in the field of materials production and processing technologies.

Judgment autonomy
After passing the exam, the student will develope the ability to critically evaluate the analytical data of the mechanical behavior for a particular material to predict its behavior, as well as the ability to identify appropriate processing technologies.

Communication skills:
After passing the exam, the student will gain sufficient knowledge of language, at least as regards the specific technical terminology of the course.

Learning skills:
The student , who has attended the course, will be able to deepen the material knowledge through the independent consultation of specialized texts, scientific or popular magazines, even outside the topics covered in class.

Prerequisites

No requirement

Course contents summary

The course will be divided into the following topics:
INTRODUCTION.
The materials and their properties.Aatomic structure;

POLYMERIC MATERIALS.

synthesis and structure of polymers;
mechanical behaviour of polymers, applications and production processes;
viscoelasticity and rheometry bases;
3D printing technologies, formative, subtractive and additive;
3D printing process, from CAD to finish;
3D printing of polymers.

THE COMPOSITE MATERIALS.
Structure and properties. Technologies for composite material production.
CERAMIC MATERIALS.
Structure and properties. Ceramic powders: natural and synthetic raw materials. The sintering process: thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. Advanced ceramic materials and innovative techniques and technologies of synthesis and production.

THE GLASS.
Structure and properties. The process of obtaining glass and technologies for glass plate and hollow glass production.
THE BINDING MATERIALS
Definition of binding materials, components and production of concrete.

Course contents

The course will be divided into the following topics:
INTRODUCTION.
The materials and their properties.Aatomic structure;
POLYMERIC MATERIALS.
synthesis and structure of polymers;
mechanical behaviour of polymers, applications and production processes;
viscoelasticity and rheometry bases;
3D printing technologies, formative, subtractive and additive;
3D printing process, from CAD to finish;
3D printing of polymers.

THE COMPOSITE MATERIALS.
Structure and properties. Technologies for composite material production.

CERAMIC MATERIALS.
Structure and properties. Ceramic powders: natural and synthetic raw materials. The sintering process: thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. Advanced ceramic materials and innovative techniques and technologies of synthesis and production.

THE GLASS.
Structure and properties. The process of obtaining glass and technologies for glass plate and hollow glass production.

THE BINDING MATERIALS

Definition of binding materials, components and production of concrete.

Recommended readings

Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali, W. Smith e J. Hashemi, McGraw-Hill
Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali, William D. Callister, David G. Rethwisch, Edises
Materiali per il design, A. Cigada et al., Casa Editrice Ambrosiana
Materiali, Dalla Scienza alla progettazione Ingegneristica, M. Ashby, H. Shercliff e D. Cebon, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Teaching methods

Lessons (80%);
classroom exercise and lab activity (15%), according to the health condition;
educational visits (5%), according to the health condition.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam comprises an oral discussion and the presentation of the lab activity. The final score is given by the average of the scores of oral test and of the lab activity. In the oral test the student will have to demonstrate to have the required knowledge on the various classes of non-metallic materials, their production and application, the correlation between structure and properties.