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spring 2020

STE6290 Materials Selection in Product Design - 7.5 ECTS

Sist endret: 10.01.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December; Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October

Type of course

For students at the Master's Degree Programme in Engineering Design. The course may be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering program with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Application code: 9371

Course content

The interaction between function, shape (geometry) and material selection in engineering design will be studied (especially in terms of mechanical design). Among other things, the following points are central to the discipline:

- Design Process

- Materials and material structures

- Selection of materials for components exposed to certain stresses

- Development of materials indices and the use of these

- Specific case studies

- Shape Factors

- Use available charts to select the right material for concrete products.

Objectives of the course

Learning outcome:

After completing the course, the students will have knowledge in mechanical engineering design. The students will be able to:

- through a systematic method to choose the most suitable material and form in technical design of various products

- find the material indices of different problems and to use it to find the best materials

- analyze and find the failure mechanisms a failure mechanism chart

- understand what the shape efficiency is and use the shape factors to optimize different components or products

Language of instruction

Norwegian (guiding in English)

Teaching methods

Regular lectures, project work and video lectures will be used in the course.

For more information, see the course homepage in Canvas when you are enrolled in the course.


Mandatory tasks:

One task at the exam is given in advance and the students bring with them the answer to the task (a report) in two paper copies. The task counts 2/5 of the exam.

The report can be used by the students during the written exam, and the report will count as part of the exam. The whole material, also the report, has to be delivered at the end of the exam.

Examination included the predefined task will form the basis of the overall assessment.

Exam: 3 hour written exam

Access to the continuation exam, if it is held, requires that the professor must approve the report within 1 month after the regular examination is held. Remember to take care of the report, since it has to be delivered on a possible continuation exam. Grading will be done by using A-F grading scale, F is Fail.

Date for examination

Written 05.03.2020
Report hand in date 04.03.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.