Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can:

  1. Utilize systematic methods for materials selection
  2. Is able to compare and choose materials on the basis of the design requirements.
  3. Criticize and compare alternative materials solutions for designs.
  4. Examine the product life cycle phases.
  5. Identify major trends in the evolution of the state of the art in engineering materials and their implications for mechanical design.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 20.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Junhe Lian

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces students to the process of material selection, with emphasis on materials selection in mechanical design, and teaches basic knowledge and skills about material selection criteria and their use in systematic material selection. A brief overview of the state of the art in engineering materials is also included, with a discussion of major trends that affect mechanical design.

    During the course students will learn to use a computer aided material selection program, Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES).

    The course consists of independent reading and computer exercises, class discussions and a final assignment where students apply what they have learned in practice. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    in-class and online participation, weekly tasks, case study

  • valid for whole curriculum period:



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Ashby, M. F., Materials Selection in Mechanical Design 

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is intended to support project-based learning, through close integration with the MEC-E1003 or MEC-E1004 project courses. For students in the Mechanical Engineering Master's degree programme, the final assignment for this course can be a subtask of the common studies project.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.