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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 5|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit provides comprehensive coverage of the main technologies for the production of artifacts from metals, ceramics, and polymers, and of the theory which underlies materials processing operations.
The unit aims to allow students to:
- select the common processing technologies for polymeric, metallic, ceramic and ceramic composite materials;
- describe the underpinning physical principles of processing including; heat transfer, fluid flow and kinetic theory;
- be able to give examples of how processing can affect the structure, and hence properties, of materials;
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, group tutorials (problem sessions), recommended textbooks, web resources, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe the range and application of generic material shaping processes (processing of polymers, metals, ceramics).
- Explain the principles and theory of fluid flow, heat transfer and rheology underlying the processing of materials.
- Solve basic fluid flow, heat transfer and rheological problems in materials processing theoretically.
- Describe the processing mechanism of single screw polymer extrusion.
- Explain the process of cooling in injection moulding.
- Explain the operating prinicples in casting and thermomechanical processing of metals.
- Explain the principles and mechanisms of ceramic processing from powder and chemical routes.
- To be able to identify the appropraite thchnologies for the production of given artefacts.
- Show improved logical reasoning, problem solving and ability in applied mathematics.
- Apply simple models to the flow of heat during processing or in application.
- Use appropriate software packages to solve basic fluid flow, heat transfer and rheological problems.
- Develop awareness of practical aspects associated with operating equipment and performing experiments/tests.
- Be able to analyse the data obtained from materials processing experiments/tests.
- Understand principles of experimental techniques with virtual learning (e.g. microscope).
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Solve subject related problems utilising appropriate methods.
- Analyse the related results critically.
- Explain the results reliably and effectively.
- Work effectively in a group to solve problems.
- Compose simple technical/scientific reports on laboratory tests.
- Data anlysis with software pakages such as ABAQUS
- Presentation of data/results.
- Ability to work in a team (group work).
|Written assignment (inc essay)||15%|
Written and verbal
- “Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction”, W. D. Callister, D. G. Rethwisch, Pub. Wiley, 2010.
- “Physics of Plastics” AW Birley, B Haworth, J Batchelor, Hanser, 1991.
- “Plastics Engineering” RJ Crawford, 3rd Ed., B-H, 1998.
- “Principles of Ceramic Processing”, S. Reed, Wiley Interscience, 1995.
- “Materials Science of Thin Films", M. Ohring, 2002 – available as an e-book form University library.
- ‘’Polymer Extrusion’’, C. Rauwendaal, Hanser, 2001.
- ‘’Polymer Processing and Structure development’’, A. N. Wilkinson and A. J. Ryan, Kluwer, 1999.
- ‘’Polymer Extrusion: A Study on Thermal Monitoring Techniques and Melting Issues’’, C. Abeykoon, Lap Lambert, 2012.
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|Chamil Abeykoon||Unit coordinator|