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BK50A2701 Selection Criteria of Structural Materials, 5 cr 
Code BK50A2701  Validity 01.08.2016 -
Name Selection Criteria of Structural Materials  Abbreviation Selection Crite 
Credits5 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Harri Eskelinen 

Description by Study Guide

Location: muu / other

The course is arranged concurrently in face-to-face learning and distance learning environment.


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Harri Eskelinen


After having passed this course module the student is able to:
- apply and develop systematic and analytical means and tools of systematic material
selection approaches into solving cross-technological material selection tasks
- define and analyse the properties, the strengths, the weaknesses and the application areas of
the main groups of constructional materials for different types of applications
- is able to justify and build generalized models to take into a count both the functionality and
the manufacturability aspects in addition to the total costs and environmental aspects of the
product in solving the material selection task
- is able to evaluate and utilize recent results and documents of material science
- derive analytical models based on the principles of LCC’s, LCA’s and MIPS-factors in
material selection.


During the course the student will become familiar with the properties and application areas
of different constructional materials. The recent scientific results dealing with material
science and technology will be discussed. Aspects of selecting and comparing different
materials are discussed from the viewpoints of functionality, manufacturing aspects, costs
and environmental aspects of the product. Future trends in materials science are discussed
briefly. Metals and their alloys, polymers, ceramics, composites, wood materials, adaptive
materials, nanomaterials. Environmental aspects of material selection from the viewpoint of
LCC and LCA and the basics of MIPS calculations. Innovative solutions of the material
selection tasks will be discussed. Principles to formulate and solve the materials solution
tasks based on analytical and systematic approaches and means to develop models to support
the selection process staring from the product’s requirement list will be discussed in details.
Multi-language teaching environment will be utilized during the project work.

Project work focuses to selecting structural materials for industrial applications.

Teaching Methods 

For face-to-face learning (3-4 period): Introduction lecture 2 h, 3rd period. Learning diary 36 h, 3rd-4th period. Exercises in small teams 28 h, 3rd-4th period. Project work and poster presentation 44 h, 3rd-4th period. Independent study 20
h. Total workload 130 h.

For distance learning (non-stop):Project work 60 h, Independent study 68 h, Skype-exam and-meetings 2 h.
The course is suitable for distance learning.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

For face-to-face learning, 0-5, comprehensive and continuous evaluation 50 %, project work 50 %

For distance learning: 0-5, Skype-exam 50 %, project work 50 %

Course Materials 

Mangohon, P., The Principles of Materials Selection for Engineering Design. Strong, A. B.,
Plastics, Materials and Processing. Kalpakjan, S. & Schmid, S., Manufacturing Engineering
and Technology. Lectures and exercises in Moodle. For Finnish students and distance learning: Eskelinen &
Karsikas, Vihreän teknologian näkökulmat konstruktiomateriaalien valinnassa, ISBN 978-


B.Sc. (Mech.Eng.) or related knowledge, skills and competences.

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty) 

The possibility to pass the course via distance learning is meant only for students of LUT's distance learning programs.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 


Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Timing
  Selection Criteria of Structural Materials  COURSE  Harri Eskelinen 
02.09.19 -31.07.20 -
Register Selection Criteria of Structural Materials SUMMER COURSE  COURSE  Harri Eskelinen 
01.06.20 -31.08.20 -

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