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Module MV-IVW-M195-M-7

Physics of multifunctional materials (M, 3.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
MV-IVW-M195-M-7 Physics of multifunctional materials 3.0 CP (90 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
Module Manager
Area of study [MV-IVW] Composite Materials
Reference course of study [MV-88.B78-SG] M.Sc. Production Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
2V MV-IVW-86982-K-7
Physics of multifunctional materials
P 28 h 62 h - - PL1 3.0 SuSe
  • About [MV-IVW-86982-K-7]: Title: "Physics of multifunctional materials"; Presence-Time: 28 h; Self-Study: 62 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: oral examination (20-30 Min.)
  • Examination Frequency: each semester
  • Examination number: 10958 ("Physics of multifunctional materials")

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


  • 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

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)

Recommended: Completed bachelor's degree or completed undergraduate degree

Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [MV-IVW-M195-M-7]

Module-Pool Name
[MV-ALLG-2022-MPOOL-6] Wahlpflichtmodule Master allgemein 2022
[MV-ALL-MPOOL-6] Wahlpflichtmodule allgemein