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Nanomechanics (UE S2-1)

The mechanical properties of nanomaterials give rise to numerous industrial applications: ultra-hard composites for tools, reinforcement materials, protection layers, food preservation, etc. The extraordinary ratio between surface and volume in nanomaterials and its consequences is at the heart of the excellence of nanomaterials in these activity sectors.
The lectures will give the necessary elements to understand – at the level of the state of the art – the mechanical properties of nanomaterials with examples of current applications and perspectives for future developments.

Outline of the course

The course is divided into four parts that are introduced through concepts, examples and exercises:
  • Mechanical characteristics of materials
  • Nanomechanics of individual nanomaterials: nanotubes, fullerenes, nanocrystals
  • Nanomechanics of assembled nanomaterials: from homogeneous to heterogeneous systems (nanocomposites)
  • Production of nanomaterials by mechanical means


  • written exam

Prior knowledge

Bachelor-level education (three years) in engineering, physics, chemistry, or a related field


Autar K.Kaw
"Mechanics of Composite Materials"
Taylor & Francis, Oxford, second edition, 2006

course volume

  • lectures: 13 hours
  • tutorials: 7 hours
  • ECTS: 2