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MEC2042F Materials Science in Engineering

12 credits, 36 lectures, 5 tutorials, 2 Practical Sessions

Prerequisites: CEM1008F or CEM1000W
Course Outline:

An introduction to the science of engineering materials and the relationships between structure and properties.

Testing for strength, hardness, toughness, fatigue and creep. Interpretation of data. Elastic and plastic deformation of solids. Fracture. Visco-elastic and time dependent behaviour. The structure of crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous materials. Phase equilibrium diagrams, equilibrium and non-equilibrium structures. Heat treatment. Models of electrical conduction-development of band theory in metals, semi-conductors and insulators. Elements of corrosion science, deterioration and degradation of materials. The principles of reinforcement and design on the properties of composites. The selection of materials. Case studies.

Assessment: June examination 3 hours 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC2043F Electrical and Mechanical Materials

12 credits, 36 lectures, 6 tutorials

Prerequisites: PHY1010W
Course Outline: Models of electrical conduction - development of band theory in metals, semi-conductors and insulators. Semi-conductors - importance of impurities. Operation of the p-n junction with reference to materials parameters. Utilisation of the band structure of a semi-conductor to produce novel devices. An introduction to engineering materials and the relations of mechanical, electrical and chemical properties to the structure.
Assessment: June examination 3 hours 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC3060F Materials Under Stress

12 credits, 36 lectures, 3 tutorials, 4 Practicals

Prerequisites: MEC2042F
Course Outline: Elasticity and importance of modulus in engineering design. The influence of bond strength and structure. Plastic flow in crystals and polycrystals by dislocation movement. Work hardening. Recrystallisation. Strengthening methods in metals. Effect of temperature, strain rate, stress state. Failure in metals. Ductile and brittle fracture. Critical flaw size and fracture toughness. Fatigue, creep, stress corrosion and wear processes; dislocation and other micro-mechanisms involved.
Assessment: June examination 2 hours 80%, Yearmark 20%
   

MEC4088F Manufacturing with Materials

12 credits, 36 lectures, 3 tutorials, 3 Practicals

Prerequisites: MEC2042F
Course Outline: Manufacturing materials. Modelling deformation during processing. Manufacturing process selection. Net shape casting processes. Forming processes, joining processes and machinability of materials. Surface engineering. Injection moulding, blow moulding and extrusion of polymeric materials. Manufacturing and business strategy. Case studies in product manufacture.
Assessment: Examination 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC4091S Materials Science Laboratory Project

48 credits

Prerequisites: Completion of first three years of study for BSc(Eng) degree
Course Outline: Each student will be given an individual laboratory project on a problem relating to materials. A period of ten weeks is allocated for the project and on completion a treatise must be submitted for examination.
Assessment: Project(s)
   

MEC4098Z Metallic Materials

16 credits, 48 lectures, 4 Practicals

Prerequisites: MEC2042F
Course Outline:

The course is divided into four modules (12 lectures each). The principal themes for the respective modules are as follows:

  • Phase transformations in metals and alloys.
  • Metallurgy and properties of ferrous alloys.
  • Metallurgy and properties of non-ferrous alloys.
  • Introduction to metallic corrosion.
Assessment: Examination 3 hours 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC4097Z Ceramic Materials

8 credits, 24 lectures, 2 tutorials, 2 Practicals, 1 site visit

Prerequisites: MEC2042F
Course Outline: History of ceramics; traditional ceramics; glasses and glass ceramics; advanced ceramics; chemical bonding in ceramics; physical,, mechanical and chemical properties of ceramics, nucleation and growth phenomena; production and properties of engineering ceramics, refractories, cements and concrete; fracture and reliability of ceramics; ceramic matrix composites; powder technologies; selection and design of ceramic components.
Assessment: Examination 2 hours 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC4100F Polymeric Materials

12 credits, 36 lectures, 3 tutorials, 2 Practicals, 1 Site visit

Prerequisites: MEC2042F
Course Outline: Polymer nomenclature; morphology; bonding, molecular weight, polymerization, crystallization; polymer types; rheology, manufacturing methods; applications; polymer identification; polymer modification, additives; analytical techniques; biodegradability; selection and design.
Assessment: Examination 70%, Yearmark 30%
   

MEC4096Z Composite Materials

12 credits, 36 lectures, 3 tutorials, 2 Practicals, 1 site visit

Prerequisites:  MEC2042F
Course Outline: History of composites; carbon, glass and aramid fibres; functions of the reinforcement and matrix, polymer-, metal- and ceramic-matrix composites; manufacture of composites; elastic properties of fibre composites; fracture and toughness, the fibre/matrix interface; geometric aspects; laminate theory and the strength of laminates; testing of composites and environmental effects; selection, modification and design of composites.
Assessment: Examination 2 hours 70%, Yearmark 30%