Materials Science and Engineering 2

Course code MECH3400Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Extends the competency of students in understanding engineering materials and their behaviour. The course is focused more on the mechanical behaviour of materials than is Materials Science & Engineering 1, although the importance of other properties is never ignored. There are four major elements to the course:
1. The required theoretical understanding of the properties of engineering materials, how they are manipulated, and how they may degrade in service is presented in a series of lectures;
2. This material is reinforced by tutorials;
3. Techniques for applying this knowledge to the selection of materials in engineering design are taught in an extensive series of tutorial exercises and
4. A series of laboratory exercises and a related assignment encourage students to think across topic boundaries.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To provide students with an understanding of how the mechanical and other properties of a material are a function of both its atomic and crystal structure, and of the detailed assemblage of phases within it. All classes of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites are covered).
2. To give students an understanding of why and how material properties can be tailored to suit a particular application by the use of thermal, mechanical and chemical treatments.
3. To introduce students to the mechanical failure of materials. In Materials Science & Engineering 2 elementary fracture mechanics. Sufficient to allow preliminary design calculations is used in conjunction with a detailed examination of the micro-mechanisms operating during failure as these are the keys to fracture prevention.
4. To make the students conversant with other forms of material failure including oxidation, corrosion and wear.
5. To prepare students to make appropriate materials selection for design and other applications taking account of the interaction of structure, manufacture, properties and design.
Content1. An overview of the place of Materials Science in engineering design, including the way trends in materials usage have influenced design historically, the influence of cost and availability etc.
2. The elastic properties of materials.
3. Plastic deformation of materials.
4. Strengthening mechanisms.
5. Heat treatment of alloys.
6. Joining of materials.
7. Fast fracture.
8. Fatigue.
9. Creep.
10. Friction and wear.
11. Materials selection
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMECH2250 Materials Science and Engineering 1
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written AssignmentsNote: any modification to the assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in week 1.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MECH3400