European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Materials Engineering

Course code: 175567
Language of instruction: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Maile (Steinbeis Advanved Risk Technologies GmbH), Stefan Zickler (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies), Prof. Dr. Aleksandar S. Jovanovic (Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH)
Assessment: Defined in the module

Short description

The course elaborates fundamentals of Materials Science, such as a general introduction, mechanical properties and related material testing of structural metallic materials. It gives a demonstration of specific damage mechanisms (creep, fatigue, creep-fatigue, corrosion). Welding of metallic materials and related problems is another focus.


At the end of the course the students are expected to have basic knowledge about:

• structure of structural metallic materials
• influence of microstructure on material properties
• respective material test standards such as creep test, fatigue test and how to transfer the test results to components
• nature of specific damage and measures to avoid them at components
• changes in microstructure during welding and impact on material and component behavior

Target Attendees / Participants

University students of Steinbeis European Master Program in Risk Engineering and Management, and similar programs

Course Content by Units


Title & contents in brief


Structure of metals and basic material behavior

· Lattice structure and defects

· Specific microstructure of steels and influence of heat treatment and manufacture on deformation and failure behavior

· Correlation between microstructure and heat treatment/operation of components




Introduction into basic damage mechanisms and testing methods to gain specific material characteristic for their description.

· Creep

· Fatigue

· Creep-Fatigue




Introduction into the specific material problems of welded structures

· Changes in microstructure

· Possible defects

· Behavior of welded structures under creep and fatigue load and related damage mechanisms



Optional units:



Title & contents in brief


Use of metallographic examination methods to identify damage mechanisms by changes in microstructure (precipitation), voids and cavities, microcracks, cracks, manufacturing defects

· Optical microscopy

· Electron microscopy

· Replica technique


Teaching Methods

The course includes:


    introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well

    ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples

    review of main topics in the end of each lecturing unit

    one collective exercise

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(Course profile ID: XIII-C-R42:, generated on September 24, 2021)