Materials Science

Author: Prof. Dr. Olaf Jacobs (German Version)
Offering Institution: Technische Hochschule Lübeck
Course Language: English
Field of Knowledge: Preparation Courses Free of Charge
Average Workload: 70 Hours Free of Charge Enrol

What awaits you in this course?

All products are made of materials. The functionality, quality and durability of the product, its environmental friendliness (or impact on the environment) and profitability therefore depend significantly on the material used. So, good knowledge in this field is essential for a purposeful selection and an optimal usage.

In this course you will learn the essential basics of materials science: The first part covers the structure and mechanical properties of materials in general. Later we will focus on different sorts of materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous materials, ceramics and plastics. Finally the course deals with composite materials and the how to select the optimal material for a given task.

This course is part of the INTEGRAL² project.

In cooperation with the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences and the RWTH Aachen University, Kiron is implementing the pilot research and development project INTEGRAL², which is short for “Integration and Participation of Refugees in the Context of Digital Teaching and Learning Scenarios” (“Integration und Teilhabe von Geflüchteten im Rahmen von digitalen Lehr- und Lernszenarien”) ( The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and enables Kiron to test and refine its innovative educational model together with its partners.

What can you learn in this course?

You will be able to

  • explain the importance of materials for technical and economical product performance.
  • illustrate the structure and properties of ferrous and non-ferrous materials, ceramics, plastics and composite materials.
  • proof the practical relevance of mechanical, thermal and chemical material properties.
  • apply methods to evaluate and select materials for an optimal usage


  • Introduction and Basic Concepts
  • Structure of Materials
  • Mechanical Properties of Material
  • Ferrous Materials
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Plastics
  • Composite Materials
  • Material Selection

Further authors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Phys. Olaf Jacobs (German Version)
Sahand Athari (English Version)

Confirmation of participation

In this course, you can earn Badges and Training certificate.


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