308.860 Material Science of Non-metalic Materials
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 1.5h, 2.0EC

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • summarise the synthesis and processing of polymers
  • contrast thermoplastics / thermosets / elastomers
  • explain the difference between crystalline and amorphous solidification
  • describe structural features of the polymers, which influence the melting or the glass transition temperature
  • select an amorphous or semi-crystalline polymer for a specific application
  • draw typical stress-strain curves of polymers
  • describe important influencing factors on the mechanical properties of polymers
  • explain the mechanism of viscoelasticity
  • list the deformation mechanisms of polymers
  • survey the difference between blends and copolymers
  • calculate the modulus of elasticity and the strength of fiber composites
  • constitute the influence of fiber length in short fiber composites
  • explain how the coloring of glasses is accesed
  • identify why the strength of glasses is low and what strategies are used to improve them
  • explain what strategies are used to increase the strength of ceramics
  • summarise important influencing factors on the thermal shock resistance of ceramics

Subject of course

Polymers: structure, cooling from melting and solid state, elastic behaviour, state areas, materials, testing, basics of fibre-reinforced polymers inorganic materials: material glass - processing, structure, properties; oxide ceramics, silicate ceramics, properties

Teaching methods

frontal teaching
calculation examples
illustrative material

Mode of examination


Additional information

4 exam questions as examples:

1) Draw the DSC plot (heating curve) of a semicrystalline polymer. Explain how the the degree of crystallinity can be determined by means of this curve!

2) Describe in a few words with an example or, where appropriate, with a drawing what is meaning of:

a) a linear polymer

b) an isotactic polymer

c) branching

d) networking

e) Molar mass distribution

3) Which polyethylene has a higher density, PE-LD or PE-HD? How can the density difference be explained by the molecular shape?

4) The elastic modulus of an elastomer (NR) decreases from 3 GPa at -200 ° C to 3 MPa at room temperature, whereas the modulus of elasticity of an epoxy resin (EP) is about 10 GPa at both temperatures. Explain the different behavior.



Course dates

Wed14:00 - 16:0006.03.2024 - 26.06.2024HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Material Science of Non-metalic Materials - Single appointments
Wed06.03.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed13.03.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed20.03.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed10.04.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed17.04.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed24.04.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed08.05.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed15.05.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed22.05.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed29.05.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed05.06.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed12.06.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed19.06.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung
Wed26.06.202414:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - MB Vorlesung

Examination modalities

In individual cases, such as in the case of inaccurate assessment criteria through the written examination part, an oral examination may be carried out .


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri10:00 - 12:0028.06.2024FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written30.05.2024 09:00 - 27.06.2024 17:00TISSEnde SS 24
Mon13:00 - 15:0022.07.2024GM 1 Audi. Max.- ARCH-INF written22.06.2024 10:00 - 21.07.2024 17:00TISSPrüfung Sommer 2024
Fri14:00 - 16:0018.10.2024FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written18.09.2024 09:00 - 17.10.2024 17:00TISSAnfang WS 23
Fri12:00 - 14:0029.11.2024FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written28.10.2024 08:00 - 28.11.2024 17:00TISSMitte WS 23
Tue14:00 - 16:0021.01.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written23.12.2024 09:00 - 20.01.2025 17:00TISSEnde WS 23
Thu - 13.02.2025oral11.02.2025 15:35 - 11.02.2025 16:00TISSMüdliche Prüfung Februar
Fri10:00 - 12:0021.03.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written21.02.2025 09:00 - 20.03.2025 17:00TISSAnfang SS 24
Fri14:00 - 16:0011.04.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written11.03.2025 09:00 - 10.04.2025 17:00TISSMitte SS 24
Mon16:00 - 18:0026.05.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written30.04.2025 10:00 - 24.05.2025 10:00TISSPrüfung Mai 2025
Fri10:00 - 12:0004.07.2025FH Hörsaal 1 - MWB written05.06.2025 09:00 - 03.07.2025 17:00TISSEnde SS 24

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
14.02.2024 00:00 15.02.2025 00:00 15.02.2025 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 245 Mechanical Engineering Mandatory4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
033 282 Mechanical Engineering - Management Mandatory4. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 434 Materials Sciences Mandatory
066 473 Chemical and Process Engineering for Sustainable Production Mandatory elective2. Semester


Skript im TUWEL oder bei der ersten  Vorlesung erhältlich, danach im Sekretariat des Institutes (9-12 und 13-17 Uhr), Getreidemarkt 9 (Bauteil BE, 4. Stock).

Das lesen des Skripts ersetzt den Besuch der Vorlesung nicht. Es soll Studierende die selbstständige Erarbeitung des Stoffes erleichtern, und ermöglichen sich auf die Prüfung vorzubereiten. Das Skript ist bewusst knapp gehalten, ich werde aber immer die Folien der aktuellen Vorlesung im TUWEL bereitstellen. Zahlenbeispiele werden ausschließlich in der Vorlesung präsentiert. Die Existenz von Fehlern ist nicht auszuschließen!