t.BA.ET.MATTECH.19HS (Materials for Electrical Engineering) 
Module: Materials for Electrical Engineering
This information was generated on: 24 July 2024
Materials for Electrical Engineering
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Version: 2.0 start 01 February 2019

Short description

Materials in Electrical Engineering
Basics - Structures - Properties - Applications - Technology

Module coordinator

Penner Dirk (penr)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
To become acquainted with materials and their properties and why they are used in industrial applications due to their electrical or related physical properties F K1, K2, K3
Students understand how and why materials are used in technical applications due to their specific structures and physical properties F K1, K2, K3
Students get to know process technologies for material applications in electrical engineering F K1, K2, K3

Module contents

1 Introduction, motivation, basics: atoms, bonding, molecules, crystals, material classes
2 Crystal structures, alloys, phases, phase diagrams, real structures
3 Mechanical properties of materials: Youngs modulus, strength, fracture toughness, hardness – metals, polymers, ceramics, composites
4 Specific resisivity, band model, Drude model, temperature dependence resistivity, conductor materials, compact conductors
5 Manipulation of conductivity by alloying, impurities, deformation, strip conductors, PCB, LTCC, soldering, contacts
6 Resistor materials, variable resistors (PTC, NTC, varistor), thermoelctrica
7 8 Band structures of semiconductors, semiconductor materials: Silicon, organic semiconductors, semiconductor devices, processing technology, chip production
 9 Insulators, dielectrica, cable materials, fire protection, capacitor materials
10 Super conductors
11 Piezo electrica
12 Magnetic materials
13 14 Galvanic cells and batteries, accumulator, fuel cells, Faradays law, Nernst equation

Teaching materials

Slides, Exercises
Textbook: Hofmann/Spindler, Werkstoffe in der Elektrotechnik, Hanser

Supplementary literature




Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

Type 1a
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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester          
End-of-semester exam Exam written 90 min swiss marks (half point) 100 %



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 der Elektrotechnik - Vorlesung
Werkstoffe der Elektrotechnik - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 24 July 2024.