This course gives an introduction to material science which is based on the laws of chemistry and physics.
The first chapters discuss the atomic arrangements (crystal structures and defects) of metallic and ceramic materials as well as the molecular structure specific for polymers.
Afterwards, the chemical, physical, and in particular the mechanical properties of the different types of materials are explained based on the knowledge of the structural characteristics. Also, exercises will be made.
An introduction of organic chemistry will be given as a preparation for the topics 'polymers' and polymer matrix composites'.
The last chapters treat a selection of polymers, metals, and ceramic materials as well as their most important properties and processing techniques. Likewise, the polymer matrix composites (chapter 5) are discussed, which combine several types of materials because of complementary properties