Aerospace materials

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E321085 Z,ZK 4 2P+2C English
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Department of Materials Engineering

Characteristics of basic properties of aerospace materials. Specific material requirements for aerospace applications. Optimal choice of material for aerospace structures with respect to the basic requirements regarding weight, durability and safe operation.


1. 100% attendance at laboratory works.

2. submitted and acknowledged laboratory protocols.

3. submission and presentation of an individual semester work on a chosen topic in the field of aviation and space materials according to the specified requirements.

Following basic knowledge in materials science is required for the course:

fundamentals in materials structure and composition (atomic and molecular structure, crystal lattice and defects, phases and phase transformation), materials classification, physical and mechanical properties of materials (strength, deformation, fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep), manufacturing processes (technology, heat treatment, postprocessing).

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Specifics and requirements for aviation materials – basic material properties, methods of processing materials

2. Fatigue – effect of cyclic loading on material properties, fatigue damage characteristics

3. Creep – effect of elevated temperatures on material properties, characteristic of creep damage

4. Degradation processes – environmental effects (moisture, UV radiation, corrosion, wear)

5. Methods of protection of aircraft materials

6. Qualitative fractography – basic description of fractographic methods, morphology of fracture surfaces

7. Aluminum and its alloys – characteristics, properties and classification, usage in aviation

8. Magnesium and its alloys – characteristics, properties and classification, usage in aviation

9. Titanium and its alloys – characteristics, properties and basic classification, usage in aviation

10. Iron and iron alloys – high-strength, corrosion-resistant and refractory materials for aerospace applications

11. Alloys based on nickel and cobalt – materials for high-temperature applications

12. Non-metallic materials – polymer and composite systems, ceramic-based materials

13. Additive manufacturing – 3D printed materials, their properties and usage in the aerospace industry

Syllabus of tutorials:
Study Objective:
Study materials:

[1] HUSSEI, R. J. and WILSON, J. Light Alloys: Directory and Databook. Springer New York, NY, 1998. ISBN 978-1-56347-540-5

[2] GIALANELLA, S., MALANDRUCCOLO, A. Aerospace Alloys. Springer Cham, 2020. ISBN 978-3-030-24440-8

[3] DUTTON, S., KELLY, D. a BAKER, A. Composite Materials for Aircraft Structures, AIAA, 2004. ISBN 978-1-56347-540-5

[4] FLOWER, H. M. High Performance Materials in Aerospace, Springer Dordrecht, 2012. ISBN 978-94-010-4296-3

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