Basics of Materials Engineering


Prof. Ratna Kumar Annabattula

IIT Madras

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The objective of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of materials science and failure theories for design to undergraduate mechanical engineering students. The course is a first level course and hence various concepts such as structure of crystalline materials, defects and their implications to mechanical behavior, the processing of materials through phase diagrams, a detailed discussion on iron-iron carbide equilibrium diagram and heat treatment of steels will be introduced at the introductory level.

Industries that might find this course interesting: Automotive industries, Heavy machinery, Product development and Process industries


Basic strength of materials, Basic Engineering Mathematics (Matrices, Calculus)


Caterpillar India Private Limited,Sundaram Clayton,Mahindra & Mahindra, TVS Motors,Lam Research,Siemens Gamesa
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Dr. Ratna Kumar Annabattula is currently an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He received his PhD (micromechanics of materials) in 2011 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He obtained his ME in 2004 from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and BE in 2002 from College of Engineering, Andhra University both in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked for about a year with General Electric India Technology Center, Bangalore. Before joining as a faculty at IIT Madras, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Ratna Kumars research interests are in the area of mechanics of stimuli-responsive materials, granular materials and multi physics modeling of materials with applications to lithium ion batteries and nuclear fusion.

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Course Details

Week 1 : Introduction,Crystal Structure
Week 2 : Imperfections in solids
Week 3 :Imperfections in solids contd.
Week 4 : Mechanical properties of materials
Week 5 : Failure of Materials
Week 6 : Failure of Materials contd.
Week 7 : Basics of Fracture Mechanics
Week 8 : Fatigue failure theories
Week 9 : Fatigue failure theories
Week 10 : Phase diagrams
Week 11 : Phase diagrams contd.
Week 12 : Thermal Processing and Heat Treatment of Steels

Books and References

  1. William D Callister Jr. and David G. Rethwisch, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, John Wiley, 8th Edition (2009)
  2. Machine Design: An Integrated approach, Robert L Norton


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