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Course MV-IVW-86982-K-7

Physics of multifunctional materials (2V, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
2 V Lecture 3.0 CP 28 h 62 h
(2V) 3.0 CP 28 h 62 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE/EN] German or English as required
Area of study [MV-IVW] Composite Materials
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


  • What distinguishes functional materials (smart materials) from construction materials?
  • Fundamental physics (mechanics, electrostatics, thermodynamics, mass and energy transport, viscoelasticity and damping).
  • Fundamentals of materials science (crystalline solids, polymers, fluids).
  • Definition of smart materials based on physical, application and economic aspects.
  • Which material for which application? Differentiation and classification of multifunctional materials using performance indices.
  • Comparison of material-based and integrated systems with discrete systems.
  • Ferroelectrics: piezoelectric crystals, ceramics and polymers.
  • Shape memory metals
  • Non-Newtonian fluids
  • Switchable fluids: electrorheology and magnetorheology.
  • Electroactive polymers
  • Typical applications: Sensors, actuators, energy converters.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Students will be able to
  • understand the fundamental difference between functional materials and construction materials.
  • describe the most important representatives of multifunctional materials on the basis of technical, materials and physical properties.
  • set up a simple application using multifunctional materials (e.g. as sensor or actuator).
  • assess new and initially unknown materials with regard to advantages and disadvantages and to estimate application limits on the basis of the underlying physical principle and fundamental technical data.
  • assess the impact of the use of material-based functionalities in technical systems on their development and manufacturing process.


  • Gurka, Martin; The Physics of Multifunctional Materials - Concepts, Materials, Applications, DESTech Publications, ISBN: 978-1-60595-260-4, April 2018, 184 pages


Blackboard, PowerPoint slides, script available. For further information and course materials please consider the corresponding OLAT-course.

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Recommended: Completed bachelor's degree or completed undergraduate degree

Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [MV-IVW-86982-K-7]

Module Name Context
[MV-IVW-M195-M-7] Physics of multifunctional materials P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP