• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering

This subject develops a knowledge of the variety, properties and characteristics of engineering materials. Equilibrium phase diagrams and kinetic TTT diagrams for predicting microstructure in materials. Properties of alloys (steels, aluminium, magnesium, titanium, and other non-ferrous metals). Ceramic materials: ceramics and glasses; forming of ceramics; structure and defects in ceramics. Characterisation, structure and properties of polymers; polymer processing. Rubber elasticity. Fibre and metal reinforced advanced composite materials. Strengthening and toughening mechanisms for materials. Fracture mechanics. Characterisation methods (mechanical and microstructural). Biomaterials and nano-materials.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Understand plasticity and plastic deformation concepts as they apply to the plastic forming of metal sheets.
2.  Understand the principles and importance of electrochemical and corrosion behaviour of metals.
3.  Understand the basic electrical and dielectric properties as they apply to engineering ceramics and metals.
4.   Appreciate how a knowledge of electrochemical and dielectric properties can be used to determine the energy storage properties of electronic materials and their devices.
5.  Understand and utilize the concepts of thermoelctrical behaviour, piezoelectric behaviour and electrochromic behaviour through the study of engineering nanomaterials.
6.  Gain detailed information on the processability and types of engineering polymers, ferrous alloys and non-ferrous alloys.
7.  Gain experience in the use of research-grade potentiostatic and galvanostatic electrochemical and energy storage test equipment, as well as in the use of electron microscopes and X-ray diffraction units.
8.  Understand the basic principles and operating procedures relating to scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (20%); Project & Laboratories (30%); Final Exam (50%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering. Incompatible with ENGN3601.

Prescribed Texts

Budinski , K.G. & Budinski, M.K. Engineering Materials: properties and Selection, 8th ed. by Prentice-Hall (2005).

Brandon, D & Kaplan W.D. Microstructural Characterization of Materials, 2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons (2008).

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of basic materials science and mechanics


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2860 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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