MOL-52026 Advanced Ceramics, 5 cr

Additional information

Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Johanna Ruoranen, Erkki Levänen, Arnold Ismailov


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
MOL-52026 2018-01 3 - 4 Arnold Ismailov
Erkki Levänen

Learning Outcomes

The first part of this course is concentrating to functional ceramics and the second part is concentrating to engineering ceramics. The course gives the students an introduction to functional ceramic materials and relate physical and chemical properties to the structure and composition. The focus is on the thermal, electric, magnetic, and optical properties. After the course the student is able to identify such dependence and has basic knowledge to tailor these properties. Student has also a general picture of their applications in machines, electronics (conductors, insulators, dielectrics, magnets), sensors, energy conversions. The student will be able to identify the most common engineering ceramics and define their main properties with a special emphasis in mechanical properties which are important in engineering applications. The student will be able to name the different testing methods and interpret the results. The students will be able to summarize the main properties, major applications and the limitations of the most common engineering ceramics. The students will be able to define the basic designing methods and apply those for different components. The student will be able to select materials for different applications, especially for applications facing corrosion and wear. The student will be able to name some new trends in engineering ceramics e.g. ceramic composites.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Crystal structures and point defects in ceramic materials.     
2. Heat conduction mechanisms and thermal expansion, creep thermal shock      
3. Electrical conduction, insulation and dielectric properties      
4. Dielectric and optical properties of ceramics     
5. Mechanical properties of ceramics: theoretical strength, Weibull theory, effect of flaw and porosity to strength, 3 and 4 points bending test, tensile strength, fracture toughness. Machining, finishing, and joining of ceramics. Design considerations and approaches, failure analysis     
6. Examples of the most common engineering ceramics (alumina, zirconia, silicon carbide, silicon nitride): their different types, properties, main applications, limitations, toughening mechanisms. Ceramic composites and glasses     


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
MOL-11011 Materiaaliopin perusteet 1 Advisable    
MOL-11021 Materiaaliopin perusteet 2 Advisable    
MOL-52056 Processing of Advanced Ceramics Advisable    

Correspondence of content

There is no equivalence with any other courses

Updated by: Nykänen Juha, 17.12.2018