t.BA.MT.WTC.19HS (Materials and Chemistry) 
Module: Materials and Chemistry
This information was generated on: 16 September 2021
Materials and Chemistry
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Version: 4.0 start 01 February 2022

Short description

Students acquire the ability to analyse and understand technological problems of importance for mechanical engineering using models and tools from materials science and chemistry.
They acquire knowledge of the key properties of materials.

Module coordinator

Martin Winkler (winl)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
On the basis of model concepts from materials science and chemistry, you are able to assess the properties of components. D, M C4
You know concepts for chemical bonding and can apply them to the individual material classes. D, M C1, C2
You are able to calculate the mass, charge and energy balances of simple chemical reactions and therefore you understand  the processes in relevant industrial processes such as combustion engines and fuel cells. D, M C2, C3
You will understand the importance of redox and electrochemistry in terms of energy storage and the basic processes involved in the corrosion of metals. D, M C1, C2, C3
You know the acid-base concept and its significance for material selection and the environment. D, M C2, C3
You are familiar with and understand the structure and production methods of polymers and are therefore able to assess their mechanical and thermal properties. D, M C2, C3, C4
You are familiar with the most important processing methods for plastics. D, M C2
You will implement these fundamentals in a practical course by working in a team. D, M C3
You practice documenting experiments, evaluating them and reflecting on the results. D, M C3, C4, C6

Module contents

  • Relationships between atomic structure, chemical bonding and properties of materials (metals, ceramics, plastics).
  • Mass and energy balances in chemical reactions and their application in combustion engines.
  • Important types of chemical reactions (acid-base reactions, redox reactions) and their significance in technology and for the environment (e.g. acid rain).
  • Kinetics of chemical reactions, activation energy, effect of catalysts and their application in combustion engines.
  • Applications of electrochemistry in mechanical engineering: batteries, fuel cells, sensors
  • Corrosion and corrosion protection of metal
  • Structure of polymers, molecular weight distributions
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of plastics
  • Processing of plastics
  • In the practical course the learning contents are illustrated and deepened at different experiments: (e.g. corrosion, fuel cells, λ sensor, analytics of plastics, calorimetry, construction of a battery.)

Teaching materials

scriptum, instruction for lab excercises

Supplementary literature

Kickelbick: Chemie für Ingenieure, Pearson
Callister: Materialwissenschaften und Werkstofftechnik, Wiley-VCH

Wawra, Dolznig, Müller: Chemie verstehen, UTB

Riedel: Allgemeine und Anorganische Chemie, de Gruyter
Mortimer: Das Basiswissen der Chemie, Thieme



Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 3b
  For more details please click on this link: T_CL_Modulauspraegungen_SM2025


Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
achievments in the lab course moodle-Test
End-of-semester exam written exam written/online 45 min each   70%



Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.


Course: Werkstoffe und Chemie - Praktikum
Werkstoffe und Chemie - Praktikum


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.
Course: Werkstoffe und Chemie - Vorlesung
Werkstoffe und Chemie - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 01 August 2099.