Technology of Materials

Higher education teachers: Vončina Danjel
Credits: 5
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64644

Subject description


  • Enrolment in the third study year of electrical engineering

Content (Syllabus outline):

Classification of materials in the field of electrical engineering. Methods for determination of material properties. Fundamentals of crystallography. Selected crystal structures of metals. Synthesis and properties of alloys. Materials for resistors. Soldering alloys and fluxes. Thermoelectric effects of metal and semiconductor junctions, electrical contacts. Electrolyses, anode and cathode electrolytic processes, primary and secondary batteries, fuel cells, technologies for hydrogen production. Superconductivity, high temperature superconductivity and their applications. Soft and permanent magnet materials. Structure of domains, losses in magnetic material, Types and technologies of isolation materials, types of polarization in materials, dielectric losses, thermoplastic and duroplastic materials, composites, gases, liquids and anorganic dielectric materials.

Objectives and competences:

To teach students how to use materials in the field of electrical engineering. Special attention is paid to technologies that enable improvements of material specific properties.

Intended learning outcomes:

Understanding structure of materials in the field of electrical engineering, their physical, chemical and mechanical properties. Student will get knowledge about processing technologies of materials that are mainly used in the field of power electronics and power systems. Student will get insight into technologies for improvement of specific properties of materials.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures,
  • laboratory work in small groups (danger of high voltage),
  • professional excursion.

Study materials


  1. D. Vončina, "Interno študijsko gradivo" Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, UL, 2013
  2. E. Ivers-Tiffee, W. von Munch, "Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik", Teubner, 2004
  3. Hoogers G., "Fuel Cell Technology", CRC Press, USA, 2003
  4. L. Solymar, D. Walsh, "Electrical properties of materials", Oxford University Press, 2010
  5. J. Larminie, A. Dicks, "Fuel Cell System Explained", John Wiley&Sons, Chichester, west Sussex, England, 2003
  6. T. S. Zhao, K-D. Kreuer, "Advances in Fuel Cells", Elsevier, 2007
  7. C. Spiegel, "Designing and Building Fuel Cells, Mc Graw Hill, 2007
  8. W. Gao, Z. Li, N. Sammers, "An Introduction to Electronic Materials for Engineers, World Scientific, 2011
  9. P. Campbell, "Permanent Magnet Materials and their Application", Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  10. C. P. Poole, "Handbook of Superconductivity", Academic Press, 2000
  11. D. Pletcher, F. C. Walsh, "Industrial Electrochemistry", Blackie Academic & Professional, Glasgow, UK, 1993.
  12. C. H. Hamann, A. Hamnett, W. Vielstich, "Electrochemistry", Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 1998.
  13. M. Greif, W. Vossebürger, "Technologie der Kunststoffe", Carl Hanser Verlag München, 1998.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 2 year - 1st cycle - Applied Electrical Engineering - Power Engineering Technology and System Automation