BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Materials 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code MECH22202
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit builds on material covered in MACE12002 Materials 1. Some fundamental aspects of the mechanical behaviour of materials are covered in greater detail, and specific material systems are explored in greater depth. The unit provides a foundation in materials engineering that will enable students to understand how materials processing and subsequent manufacturing operations influence both material properties and the in-service performance of engineering components. Students will use this knowledge as practising engineers when choosing a material for a given application, or when choosing a processing route for a given material. The unit is lecture based with one laboratory exercise. 

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Manufacturing Engineering 1 (Mechanical) MECH11012 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The materials that are available, and their mechanical properties often limit the performance of engineering systems. This module aims to:
Develop students’ understanding of the factors affecting the mechanical behaviour of steels, stainless steels, polymers and fibre-reinforced composites; and
Introduce students to methods for measuring and evaluating certain mechanical properties.


Metals and Alloys (12 lectures) – Dr. John Francis: The metallurgy of steels, heat treatment of steels, ductile-to-brittle transitions, an introduction to stainless steels, materials for high and low temperature service.

Polymer Materials (6 lectures) - Dr. John Francis: The mechanical properties of polymer materials, processing of polymers, modulus of semi-crystalline polymers, viscoelasticity, and models for creep.

Fibre Reinforced Composites (6 lectures) – Prof. P. Mummery: The mechanical properties of fibre-reinforced composites, load partitioning between matrix and fibres, and failure mechanisms.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 80%
Report 20%

Feedback methods

Exam marks are released after the exam board and students can view scripts

Report - lecture session allocated to feedback

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Supervised time in studio/wksp 1
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 69

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
John Francis Unit coordinator

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