Technology of Materials

Subject description

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.

The subject is taught in programs

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.

Teaching and learning methods

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

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • recognize different materials and their structures for applications in the field of electrical engineering,
  • classify materials by their electrical, chemical and mechanical properties,
  • describe basic technologies of materials for improvement of their specific properties,
  • make an overview of potential materials for specific application,
  • evaluate material performance by use of appropriate test methods,
  • present and critically evaluate results of material tests.

Basic sources and literature

  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.

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