Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Thermo-mechanical properties of materials. Fundamental Methods Code 730495003
Study programme
Mestrado Universitario en Materiais Complexos: Análise Térmica e Reoloxía (plan 2012)
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Official Master's Degree 2nd four-month period
First Obligatory 4
Teaching method Face-to-face
Department Enxeñaría Naval e Industrial
Artiaga Diaz, Ramon Pedro
Artiaga Diaz, Ramon Pedro
López Beceiro, Jorge José
Web http://
General description Este curso presenta as propiedades térmicas dos materiais (transición vítrea, mecanismos de relaxación, transicións de fase, estabilidade térmica) e as técnicas experimentais para o estudo (análise dieléctrico, termomecánicas, termogravimetría, calorimetría diferencial de varrido).
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A1 Set up and conduct tests using the techniques of thermal analysis and rheology most appropriate in each case, within the scope of complex materials
A2 Identify and evaluate the different types of complex materials
B1 Knowledge and understanding to provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often in a research context
B2 The students have the skill to apply their knowledge and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar contexts within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study
B4 That the students can communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and last reasons behind that conclusions to specialized and non specialized audience in a clear and unambiguous way
B8 Applying a critical, logical and creative way of thinking
B13 Analysis-oriented attitude
B21 To assess the importance of research, innovation and technological developments in the socio-economic and cultural progress of society
C2 Have a good command of spoken and writing expression and understanding of a foreign language.
C6 Critically assessing the knowledge, technology and information available to solve the problems they face with.
C7 To assume as a professional and citizen the importance of learning throughout life.
C8 To assess the importance of research, innovation and technological development in the socio-economic and cultural progress of society.
C9 Appreciate the importance of research in environmental protection

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
To know the different thermal transformations may experience a material AR2
To identify different thermal transformations using different experimental techniques AR1
To Set up properly the tests AR1
To know the possibilities of separation of overlapped processes AR1

Topic Sub-topic
The glass transition and other relaxation processes Transitions of first and second order.
Relaxation processes in polymers.
The complexity of the glass transition.
Melting and softening observed by DSC, DEA and rheology Amorphous and crystalline polymers.
Melting and softening.
Differential scanning calorimetry
Dielectric analysis
Thermomechanical analysis
Observed by DSC, DEA and TMA
Curing processes Curing: Chemical Crosslinking
Observation of cure by DSC, DEA and DMA.
Thermal stability by TG Thermogravimetric analysis.
Methods for evaluating the thermal stability

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A2 B1 B2 B13 B21 C6 C7 C8 C9 10 25 35
Laboratory practice A1 B1 B2 B13 C8 12 21 33
Supervised projects A1 B1 B2 B4 B8 B13 B21 C2 C6 C7 C8 C9 2 24 26
Objective test A1 A2 B2 B4 B13 1 2 3
Personalized attention 3 0 3
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech Presentation given by the professor, on a schematic basis, focusing on the main topics, covering both theoretical and practical issues.
Laboratory practice Performance of practical activities such as demonstrations, exercises, experiments, etc..
Supervised projects Activities whose purpose is that the students enlarge the study of the topics pesented in the program and consolidate their acquired knowledge and capabilities. These activities should also help the students learn and improve their capabilities in literature survey.
Objective test Exam that will help to evaluate the knowledge and competencies acquired by the students.

Personalized attention
Supervised projects
Guest lecture / keynote speech
Laboratory practice
Objective test
The personalized attention to students, understood as a support in the teaching-learning process, will take place in the hours of tutoring of the teacher.

No academic dispensation is accepted.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Supervised projects A1 B1 B2 B4 B8 B13 B21 C2 C6 C7 C8 C9 Presentation (oral and written) of the supervised work. 60
Guest lecture / keynote speech A2 B1 B2 B13 B21 C6 C7 C8 C9 Continuous assessment through monitoring of student work in the classroom, laboratory and / or tutorials. 10
Laboratory practice A1 B1 B2 B13 C8 Continuous assessment through monitoring of student work in the classroom, laboratory and / or tutorials. 10
Objective test A1 A2 B2 B4 B13 Examination or objective test. 20
Assessment comments

Sources of information

The UDC Library system allows to search online for recommended literature by professor and by subject. This is an expanded list of recommended sources of information:

Mechanical properties of polymers and composites / Lawrence E. Nielsen, Robert F. Landel

Nielsen, Lawrence E.

Esc Politécnica Superior -- CM P 154 -- VENCE 06-06-16


Thermal analysis. Fundamentals and applications to materialcharacterization: proceedings of the international seminar: Thermal analysisand rheology. Ferrol, Spain, 30Juny-4 July, 2003 / Ramón Artiaga Díaz (ed.), A Coruña: Universidade da Coruña,Servicio de Publicacions, 2005, ISBN 84-9749-100-9

Thermal analysis of polymers / edited by Joseph D. Menczel, R. Bruce Prime; Hoboken, N.J.: JohnWiley, [2009], ISBN 978-0-471-76917-0

Thermal characterization of polymeric materials / edited byEdith A. Turi, San Diego : Academic Press, 1997, 2nd. ed. ISBN 0-12-703781-0(v.1) 0-12-703782-9 (v.2)


Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before

Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously
Termomecanics of Materials Properties. Advanced Methods/730495004

Subjects that continue the syllabus

Other comments
To help achieve a sustained immediate environment and meet the objective of action number 5: "Healthy  and sustainable environmental and social teaching and research" of the "Green Campus Ferrol Action Plan":

          The delivery of the documentary work carried out in this subject:
               - They will be requested in virtual format and/or computer support
               - It will be done through Moodle, in digital format without the need to print them.
               - If it is necessary to make them on paper:
                  - Plastics shall not be used
                 - Double-sided printing shall be carried out.
                 - Recycled paper will be used.
                 - Printing of drafts shall be avoided.

A sustainable use of resources and the prevention of negative impacts on the natural environment must be made.

(*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.