Nature and Properties of Materials

By Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1376
This course introduces to the basics of metals and metallic alloys, polymers, composites and smart materials which have extensively broadened the scope of engineering design in the fields of Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace and other structural applications. 

After learning this course, students will be well-versed with the underlying principle governing the material properties and should be able to select proper material for their application.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : Students of BE/B.Tech stream
PRE-REQUISITES : Basic Physics and Mathematics Courses at the First Year Level, added with thirst for learning.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Every industry recommends to have a basic knowledge about various materials and truth behind their properties
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 21 Feb 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 21 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Module 1: Introduction to Engineering materials & Mechanical properties
Module 2: Atomic bonding and crystal structure
Module 3: Metals and Ceramics
Module 4: Polymers
Module 5: Composite Materials
Module 6: Smart Materials
Module 7: Materials selection in Engineering design
Module 8: Non-mechanical properties and Laboratory demonstration

Books and references

1. Material Science and Engineering: An Introduction by W.D. Callister, Wiley publication.
2. Engineering materials: Michael F. Ashby and David Jones, Elsevier publication
3. Materials selection in Mechanical design by Michael F. Ashby, Elsevier publication
4. Mechanics of Composite by Materials Robert M. Jones, Taylor & Francis publication. 
5. Smart Structures Theory by Inderjit Chopra & Jayant Sirohi, Cambridge press

Instructor bio

Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently heading the Cognitive Science programme, IIT Kanpur. His research interest primarily lies in vibration control, structural health monitoring, energy harvesting system, intelligent system design and Child-Reconfigurable Robot Interaction.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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