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Applied material physics


Programme (detailed contents):

v  The unit is split into two: lab-work and project.

v  The lab-work experiments include: quantitative metallography, calorimetry, tensile testing, hardness, crystal defects, crystallisation and recrystallisation, anisotropic properties.

v  The concepts covered are optical microscopy, phase diagrams, image processing, calorimetry, phase transitions, mechanical properties, structural hardening, defects and growth of crystals, propagation of waves in anisotropic media.

v  The project allows students to work in real situations, and to address concrete examples of the physics of materials.


v  The lab-work consists of 5 sessions of 7h30 and a test session at the end. The experiments are performed in pairs.

v  The aim of the project is to immerse students in a research lab or industry so they participate in experiments related to materials. Students write a report.

Main difficulties for students:

Not taking sufficient initiatives during lab-work.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

v  This unit is an experimental approach to materials physics.

v  The educational objectives are:

  • Acquire scientific knowledge related to techniques previously mentioned and listed,
  • Acquire practical knowledge about these techniques,
  • Acquire a working method in experimental physics (how to choose theexperimental parameters, perform the experiment, and analyse the results).


The student will be able to:

understand, reproduce and apply some of the techniques of preparation and characterisation of materials from among the techniques covered in the program.

Needed prerequisite

Unit physics of materials that must be completed before the lab-work

- Unit thermodynamics. The following concepts must be seen before the lab-work: enthalpy, heat

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...