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BSc Materials Science and Engineering / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Composite & Advanced Materials
|Unit level||Level 6|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The unit covers composite materials and structural ceramics and their mechanical behaviour.
The unit aims to:
- Provide the student with an understanding of the principles underlying the behaviour of composite materials and advanced structural ceramics.
- Introduce the basic micromechanics of long and short fibre composites.
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), peer-assisted study sessions (PASS), practical laboratory classes.
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe the nature and behaviour of composite materials.
- Apply basic micromechanics to describe the mechanical properties of structural ceramics, particulate- and fibre- reinforced composites.
- Apply basic modelling approaches to describe elastic and post yield behaviour of a range of composite materials.
- Show improved logical reasoning, problem solving and ability in applied mathematics.
- Apply simple models to predict the mechanical properties of composite materials.
- Develop the ability to communicate scientific subjects
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Solve problems utilising methods learned in lecture.
- Assess results critically by relating learned knowledge with current scientific papers.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Feedback given verbal and written
“Introduction to Composite Materials”, D. Hull, T.W. Clyne. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996.
“Ceramic Matrix Composites”, K.K. Chawla, Chapman & Hall, 1993
- “Introduction to Polymers”, Chapter 24, R.J. Young, P.A. Lovell, CRC Press, 2011
- “Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Composites”, F.C. Campbell, Elsevier, 2004.
- “Composite Materials: Functional Materials for Modern Technologies”, D. Chung, Springer, 2003.
- “An Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Ceramics”, David J. Green, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
- Composite Materials: Engineering and Science, F. L. Matthews and R. D. Rawlings, 1994.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Venkata Potluri||Unit coordinator|