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Undergraduate Course: Materials Science and Engineering (Civil) 2 (CIVE08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTo provide a broad introduction to the materials used in engineering, their properties and structures.
Course description Materials are at the core of all disciplines of engineering. Engineers are better engineers when they have an awareness and understanding of the properties of materials. Science gives us a framework for understanding materials, within which we can include all classes of materials, hence to some extent unifying the treatment of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. This is materials science. At the heart of materials science is microstructure, which characterises the internal architecture of substances. A description of the composition and internal architecture of materials gives us a basis for understanding engineering properties.

By developing a broad knowledge of the underpinning science of materials, and how this links with properties, enables you to apply these concepts in engineering. This often involves thinking carefully, discerning key concepts in a particular situation, and beginning to appreciate the complexities, subtleties and ambiguities that arise when dealing with materials.

Learning is through lectures, tutorials, labs, and self study. The tutorials are a chance for students to seek advice and discuss problems set and tackled before the tutorial session.

- Materials Classification
metals, polymers, ceramics, glass, composites

- Properties
Mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical, electrical
Definition, units, quality of data

- Structures
Structure on different scales
Atoms, bonding, crystal structures, microstructures

- Material classes & materials selection
Metals & alloys, basic concepts in phase diagrams
Ceramics, glass, concrete

- Behaviour in use
Durability, corrosion, deformation and fracture of materials (ductile/brittle behaviour, fracture toughness, creep, fatigue)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Civil Engineering 1 (CIVE08001)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Behaviour and Design of Structures 2 (CIVE08012) AND Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002) AND Structural Mechanics 2B (CIVE08010)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs YES: This course involves laboratories that require personal protective equipment (PPE), including safety boots, eye protection, riggers gloves and impervious concreting gloves. Further details are given in the School of Engineering handbook.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEquivalents to above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 20%

Examination 80%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand basic concepts of material properties and material structures.
  2. Have knowledge of specific material classes: metals, polymers and ceramics; and how to extend this to ┐hybrid┐ material classes e.g. composites and foams.
  3. Be familiar with concepts in materials of: selection, processing, applications in engineering, behaviour in use including: degradation, fracture and failure.
  4. Think about and link concepts in materials: from everyday knowledge, the underpinning science, and engineering applications; and appreciate the importance of materials understanding in all engineering disciplines.
  5. To spark curiosity and fascination about materials that extends beyond the course.
Reading List

Engineering Materials, Volume 1: Properties and Applications,
MF Ashby & DRH Jones, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann

Engineering Materials, Volume 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design, MF Ashby & DRH Jones; Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design,
MF Ashby, Elsevier Science & Technology

Other Sources

Fundamentals of Materials (Chapt 1), Engineering properties of materials (Chapt 2) ICE Manual of Construction Materials, 2009, Institution of Civil Engineers (C. Hall).

Overview No. 80 On the engineering properties of materials, MF Ashby, 1989, Acta Metall, 37 (5), 1173-1293.

Civil engineering materials (Jackson and Dhir, eds.), fifth edition, 1996, MacMillan Press Ltd.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Jane Blackford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5677
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073
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