Student will gain some knowledge of materials science, particularly regarding porous, anisotropic, hygroscopic and time-dependent materials, as well as composites and laminates made of them.
Essentials: Properties and material properties. Thermal and moisture expansion. Sorption and hysteresis. Diffusion, conductance, flow. Porosity effects. Complementary knowledge: Thermal transitions. Composites. Strength. Special knowledge: Time-dependent material behavior.
Vogel, S., Comparative Biomechanics. Life's Physical World. Princeton University Press 2003, pp. 1-89; 299-441. (16 h study time budgeted for an average student)
Gibson, L. J. and Ashby, M. F., Cellular solids. 2. Ed., Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 1-428, 453-502. (8 h study time budgeted for an average student)
Bodig, J. and Jayne, B.: Mechanics of wood and wood composites. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1982, pp. 1-47, 176-393, 461-612. (20 h study time budgeted for an average student)
Jastrzebski, Z. D., The nature and properties of engineering materials. John Wiley & Sons, 3. ed. 1987, pp. 1-73, 125-193, 372-423, 522-560. (16 h study time budgeted for an average student)