Nature and Properties of Materials


Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya

IIT Kanpur

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This course introduces to the basics of metals and metallic alloys, polymers, composites and smart materials which have extensively broadened the scope of engineering design in the fields of Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace and other structural applications.
After learning this course, students will be well-versed with the underlying principle governing the material properties and should be able to select proper material for their application.


Students of BE/B.Tech stream


Basic Physics and Mathematics Courses at the First Year Level, added with thirst for learning.


Every industry recommends to have a basic knowledge about various materials and truth behind their properties


Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently heading the Cognitive Science programme, IIT Kanpur. His research interest primarily lies in vibration control, structural health monitoring, energy harvesting system, intelligent system design and Child-Reconfigurable Robot Interaction.

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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

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3. Get qualified to register for exams
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Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
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EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
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Course Details

Week 1: Introduction to Engineering materials & Mechanical properties
Week2: Atomic bonding and crystal structure
Week 3: Metals and Ceramics
Week 4: Polymers
Week 5: Composite Materials
Week 6: Smart Materials
Week 7: Materials selection in Engineering design
Week 8: Non-mechanical properties and Laboratory demonstration

Books and References:

1. Material Science and Engineering: An Introduction by W.D. Callister, Wiley publication.
2. Engineering materials: Michael F. Ashby and David Jones, Elsevier publication
3. Materials selection in Mechanical design by Michael F. Ashby, Elsevier publication
4. Mechanics of Composite by Materials Robert M. Jones, Taylor & Francis publication.
5. Smart Structures Theory by Inderjit Chopra & Jayant Sirohi, Cambridge press


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