This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1, 2022.
This unit takes a detailed look at various engineering materials and the essential properties behind them. There is an emphasis towards energy-related properties and forming properties. Materials studied in detail include energy ceramics, ferrous metal systems, non-ferrous metal systems and polymers. Property-related topics include plasticity analysis for metal forming operations, electrochemical properties, electrical properties, dielectric properties, energy storage properties, thermoelectric properties and electrochromic properties. The lecture material is delivered through on-line techniques and weekly small group sessions combined with extensive laboratory components are used to facilitate the understanding of this material. Underpinning this course will be frequent contextualizing through the idea of nanostructuring of established engineering materials.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students should have the skills and knowledge to:
- Understand elastic and plastic deformation concepts as they apply to the plastic forming of metal sheets and polymers.
- Understand the principles and importance of tribological and corrosion behaviour of metals and polymers.
- Appreciate how a knowledge of electrochemical, mechanical and physical properties can be used to design engineering structures and devices.
- Identify and compare the basic electrical and dielectric properties of engineering ceramics and metals.
- Describe and utilize the concepts of thermoelctrical behaviour, piezoelectric behaviour and electrochromic behaviour through the study of engineering nanomaterials.
- Identify and compare the processability and types of engineering polymers, ferrous alloys and non-ferrous alloys.
- Describe the basic principles and operating procedures relating to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.
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- Quizzes (20%);
- Reports (35%);
- Tutorial Submissions (10%);
- Final Exam (35%)
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Workload30 contact hours + 40 non-contact hours
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsWilliam Smith, Javad Hashemi, Foundations of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th ed. by Mc-Graw Hill Education (2018)
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