Undergraduate Course: Materials Science and Engineering 2 (SCEE08005)
|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||To provide a broad introduction to the materials used in engineering, their properties and structures.
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
Mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical, electrical
Definition, units, quality of data
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)
Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) learning outcomes for Mechanical Engineering degree: P3. Also has SM1b, EA1, P2.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalents to above.
Please note that the coursework component of this course is a laboratory that requires students to bring personal protective equipment (PPE): lab coat and eye protection. Visiting students will need their own PPE; we do not have a stock of lab PPE that can be loaned out.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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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, applications in engineering, behaviour in use including: degradation, fracture and failure.
- 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.
- To spark curiosity and fascination about materials that extends beyond the course.
|ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY|
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.
Civil engineering materials (Jackson and Dhir, eds.), fifth edition, 1996, MacMillan Press Ltd.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jane Blackford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5677
|Course secretary||Mrs Michelle Burgos Almada