Subject details

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

  1. describe the atomic structure of elements and the nature of bonding and its relationship to properties
  2. describe the characteristics of the major groups of engineering materials: metals/alloys; polymers; ceramics and composites; and explain their behaviour under stress
  3. give an account of the strengthening mechanisms in both metals and non-metals
  4. identify common failure types and evaluate methods of failure prevention
  5. demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of corrosion and their methods of prevention
  6. describe basic crystal structures and mechanisms of diffusion
  7. describe the mechanical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.
    • Introduction, classes of materials and chemical bonding
    • Crystal structure and diffussion
    • Mechanical properties
    • Ceramics
    • Polymers
    • Metals and alloys
    • Composites
    • Corrosion
    • Fracture
    • Advanced materials and biomaterials
    • Minerals
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Standard Media
      • Virtual Classroom
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

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

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.

The subject aims to provide students with an introduction to the relationships between the structure of a material and its properties, processing and usage. The unit covers structure and properties of materials, and examines the atomic structure, bonding, micro and macro structures and crystals. It explores the mechanical, electrical and physical properties of materials and investigates the types, properties and strengthening mechanisms of metals and alloys. Additionally, types and characteristics of polymers, ceramics and composites are studied. Corrosion, advanced materials, biomaterials and mineral processing are examined.

  • Online quizzes (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • (10%)
  • Practicals (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

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