Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. recommend engineering materials strengthening processes for a range of resources industry related applications
  2. recommend materials properties management measures for achieving application-specific properties of engineering materials
  3. justify appropriate measures to prevent failure of materials in load-bearing and protective applications (i.e. coatings), including mechanical failure and corrosion
  4. specify design measures and properties considerations for selection of materials for the resources industry applications.
  • Topics

    • Unit Orientation. The World of Engineering Materials - an Overview.
    • Metals Production: extraction, refining, alloying. Solidification of Metals.
    • Industrial Shaping of Metals: casting, forging, extrusion.
    • Imperfections in Metals and their Effects on Properties.
    • Metals Strengthening: mechanisms/processes/effects. Hot / Cold Working. Heat Treatment.
    • Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals: nomenclature, properties, applications.
    • Non-Metallic Materials: processing, nomenclature, properties, applications.
    • Composite Materials: processing, nomenclature, properties, applications.
    • Joining of Materials: thermal, mechanical, and adhesive joints.
    • Fundamental Mechanical Properties and Testing of Engineering Materials.
    • Materials Failure Modes. Non-destructive Examination.
    • Wear of Materials: mechanisms, testing, and materials selection.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Core
  • CUR-COE-MAS-2018
  • CUR-COE-GDI-2018
  • CUR-COE-GCE-2018
Elective
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to the formation, structure, and properties of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers and their main uses in the resources industry. The relationships between load bearing, wear, and corrosion considerations and managing materials properties will be explored through looking at the fundamental mechanical properties and testing of engineering materials. Students will analyse materials failure from the point of view of fatigue, creep, wear and corrosion/erosion considerations. Students will examine selection of materials for dry and wet wear applications in the resources industry based on wear mechanisms and testing.

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  • Final Invigilated Examination (50%)
  • Report 1 (15%)
  • Report 2 (15%)
  • Online tests (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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