Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss 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.

2. Discuss how and why material properties can be tailored to suit a particular application by the use of thermal, mechanical and chemical treatments.

3. Identify and explain the mechanical failure of materials and elementary fracture mechanics.

4. Identify other forms of material failure including oxidation, corrosion and wear.

5. Make appropriate materials selection for design and other applications taking account of the interaction of structure, manufacture, properties and design.


  1. 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

Assumed knowledge

MECH1750 Engineering Materials 1 or MECH2250 Materials Science and Engineering 1

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Laboratory Assignment

Quiz: Quiz - Computer lab

Written Assignment: Materials Selection Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Laboratory weeks 3 to 8 only


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term

4 hours per week for 6 weeks and 2 hours per week for 6 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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