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MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Biomaterials / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Engineering Alloys in Service
|Unit level||Level 5|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Case studies in the transport and power industry; e.g. weight reduction strategies in future automotive designs, performance vs. cost; economics of corrosion prevention in nuclear power generation.
The unit aims to:
- Demonstrate the ways that the metallurgical principles can be used to engineer the microstructure of metallic alloys in order to control their mechanical performance and degradation in service; through the use of case studies.
- Introduce the industrial application of materials engineering by using examples to illustrate the requirement to balance performance against cost, environmental impact and component lifetime, in commercial products.
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, Pod casts, web-based self-evaluation and supporting information (Blackboard), peer-assisted study sessions (PASS).
Knowledge and understanding
- Ability to relate the economic and environmental context for materials engineering in product development.
- Basic knowledge to apply the physical principles (e.g. thermodynamics, kinetics, mechanical behaviour) of the discipline to engineer microstructures for optimisation of performance.
- Identify the principles of microstructure control in casting and thermomechanical processing.
- Outline skills to employ the basic principles involved in design for high temperature including creep and oxidation resistance.
- Ability to apply basic thermodynamics and kinetics to evaluate corrosion and oxidation.
- Relate the scientific and engineering related knowledge on the application of surface engineering to improve materials performance, in service-life, and the control of corrosion.
- Show improved logical reasoning, problem solving and ability in applied mathematics.
- Ability to identify the effect of changing the chemistry and microstructure/architecture of a material on its properties and performance in service.
- Ability to apply the laboratory skills that require for corrosion testing and related experiments.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Skills to convert word problems into equations and numerical answers.
- Recognize the metallurgical related concepts to determine best technical options.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Verbal and written
- “Phase transformations in Metals and Alloys”, D.A. Porter, K.E. Easterling, M. Sherif, Pub. Chapman and Hall, 2009.
- Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction, W. D. Callister, D. G. Rethwisch, Pub. Wiley, 2010.
- Shreir's corrosion, R. A. Cottis, M. Graham, R. Lindsay, L. S.B., J. A. Richardson, D. Scantlebury and H. Stott, eds., Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2009.
- Corrosion Engineering, Mars G. Fontana, Tata McGraw-Hill, 2005.
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|Wajira Mirihanage||Unit coordinator|