Undergraduate Course: Materials 2 (SCEE08016)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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. 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 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. This skill set is part of your development as a problem solving engineer.
The aim of the course is to provide a broad introduction to the materials used in engineering, their properties and structures.
- Materials Classification
metals, polymers, ceramics, composites
e.g. mechanical, thermal, chemical
Definition, units, quality of data
- Structure of materials
Structure on different scales
Atoms, bonding, crystal structures, microstructures
- Material classes
Metals & alloys
- Applications in engineering
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam %: 80
Coursework %: 20
||In interactive parts of delivery (e.g. tutorials, discussion forums), and from coursework.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand basic concepts of material properties and material structures;
- Have knowledge of specific material classes: metals, polymers and ceramics; and how to extend this to 'hybrid' material classes e.g. composites and foams;
- Be familiar with concepts in materials of: selection, processing, and applications in engineering;
- 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;
- Have a foundation of learning to spark curiosity and fascination about materials that extends beyond the course.
|Materials Engineering, Science, Processing and Design, Michael F. Ashby, Hugh Shercliff, David Cebon, Butterworth-Heinemann|
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
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jane Blackford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5677
|Course secretary||Mrs Michelle Burgos Almada