Course Details

Physics of materials

Academic Year 2024/25

DBB014 course is part of 4 study plans

DKA-M Summer Semester 1st year

DPA-M Summer Semester 1st year

DKC-M Summer Semester 1st year

DPC-M Summer Semester 1st year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction



8 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment


Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 3 hours/week, elective


1. Structure of materials: solids, crystalline solids, non-crystalline solids, amorphous solids, granular matter, quasi-crystals. 2. Soft matters, liquid crystals, polymers, complex fluids, gels, foams, emulsions. 3. Mechanical properties: stress / strain, deformation of solids, elasticity, plasticity, fluidity, viscosity. 4. Viscosity measurement, rheology, cohesive forces, surface tension and capillarity. 5. Thermal properties: heat capacity, specific heat, molar heat. 6. Thermal expansion, heat transfer, heat conduction, thermal conductivity. 7. Phonons, Debye theory, heat convection, radiation. 8. Temperature measurements: Seebeck effect, Peltier effect, Thomson effect, thermopower, thermocouples, thermistors. 9. Resistance temperature detectors (RTD), pyrometers, infrared thermometers, Langmuir probes, other thermometers. 10. Phase transition: phase, Gibbs' phase rule, phase diagram, solid, liquid and gaseous states of matter. 11. Latent heat, real gases, condensation, water vapour, moisture of materials, humidity. 12. Electrical properties of materials: electrical properties of gases, electrical properties of fluids (electrolytes), Faradays’ electrolytic laws. 13. Band theory of solids, electrical conductivity of solids.