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ME50350: Materials in engineering design

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment 1 (CW 25%)
  • Assignment 2 (CW 75%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME50350A - Reassessment Coursework (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To appreciate the importance of materials in engineering design
* To review the broad spectrum of engineering materials in terms of properties such as strength, stiffness, toughness, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, embodied energy and CO2 footprint.
* To characterise and compare the properties of these materials.
* To present case studies which examine the selection and application of materials in engineering design applications.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
* describe various types of engineering materials
* describe the overall process of engineering design, and the place in it of materials selection;
* deduce from standard test results the materials information required for design
* analyse materials requirements and propose solutions to the selection problem in specified design situations.

Facilitated - intellectual, and analytical.
Key skills: presentation skills, report writing skills.


* Introduction to engineering materials and their use in the design process
* Design aspects of material properties: Stress and strain, elasticity and viscoelasticity; time, temperature and frequency dependent responses; optical, thermal and electrical properties;
* The materials spectrum: materials resources, classification in terms of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties
* Formalised procedures for materials selection and the limits of such procedures
* Case studies on selected products and materials.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50350 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering