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Course MV-WKK-86166-K-7

Materials selection in Mechanical Engineering (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 WiSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [MV-WKK] Materials Science and Engineering
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


A reasonable selection of suitable materials is essential for the success of a product. The enormous number of materials available still increases constantly due to research and development of new materials coupled to an increasing performance of every single material. Therefore, the process of materials selection is dynamic and has to be adapted to the current situation to ensure the success of products.

The main objectives of the lecture are:

  • General aspects and motivation for materials selection
  • An overview about the most important structural and functional materials
  • Selected methods for materials selection
  • Property maps and material indices
  • Conflicts between requirements and material properties
  • Influence of geometry and shape factors
  • Hybrid materials and composites
  • Industrial design and manufacturing
  • Influence of operating temperatures
  • Results of incorrect materials selection
  • Selected examples for materials selection in practice

Competencies / intended learning achievements

The following expertises will be promoted:
  • Most important materials, classes of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Criteria and requirements for a successful materials selection
  • Preformation of materials selection for potential products
  • Solutions for conflictual material requirements
  • Combine materials selection and manufacturing process


  • M. F. Ashby: Materials Selection in Materials Design. 4rd edition, Elsevier Verlag, 2011
  • M.F. Ashby, A. Wanner (Hrsg.) C. Fleck (Hrsg.): Materials Selection in Mechanical Design: Das Original mit Übersetzungshilfen. Easy-Reading-Ausgabe, 3. Aufl., Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 2006
  • M. Reuter: Methodik der Werkstoffauswahl – Der systematische Weg zum richtigen Material. Hanser Verlag, 2007
  • J. Grosch: Werkstoffauswahl im Maschinenbau. Band 199, Kontakt und Studium: Werkstofftechnik, Expert Verlag, 1986
  • K.G. Budinsky and M.K. Budinsky : Engineering Materials, Properties and Selection. 6th edition, Prentice Hall, London, UK, 1999
  • M. Kutz: Handbook of Materials Selection. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA, 2002


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References to Course [MV-WKK-86166-K-7]

Module Name Context
[MV-WKK-231-M-7] Materials selection in Mechanical Engineering P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP
[PHY-SP-6-M-7] Schwerpunktmodul Metallische Werkstoffe WP: Obligation to choose 2V, 3.0 LP