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ME40329: Materials for energy and transport

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 (CW 10%)
  • Coursework 2 (CW 10%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To review the broad spectrum of engineering materials used in energy and transport applications in terms of properties such as strength, stiffness, toughness, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, embodied energy and CO2 footprint. To characterise and compare the elastic, viscoelastic, thermal and electrical properties of these materials. To present case studies which examine the selection and application of materials in energy and transport applications.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student will understand the properties of materials used in the energy and transport industries and their selection for critical applications.
The student will appreciate the basis for the selection of materials for the generation of energy, for energy capture and for energy storage.
The student will have an insight into the ability of materials to absorb energy and damp vibrations.
The student will be conversant with the CES EduPack materials selection software and the University of Bath Inventory of Carbon and Energy database.

Problem solving; practical; working independently.

The materials spectrum: Materials resources, classification in terms of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties, cost, embodied energy and CO2 footprint.
Elastic properties: Stress and strain matrices, elastic stiffnesses and compliances, fully expanded Hooke’s Law, isotropic materials (e.g. steel, glass), orthotropic materials (e.g. fibres, wires), thin orthotropic plates (e.g. composites, plywood).
Viscoelastic properties: Time-, temperature- and frequency-dependence of the mechanical response of materials, including polymers, rubbers, fibres, foams and composites, creep, stress relaxation, hysteresis, damping, impact.
Optical and electrical properties: Thermal and electrical conductivity, diffusivity, heat capacity, insulators, semi-conductors, transparency, spectrum of materials properties.
Case studies will include some of the following topics and additional topics as materials technologies advance:
Energy absorbing materials in transport: Rubbers, foams, honeycombs, viscoelastic gels with applications including tyres, crash-resistance, protective clothing and airbags.
Materials for energy capture and storage: Passive heating, photovoltaics, semiconductors, phase change materials, fuel cells, batteries, flywheels.
Materials for wind turbine blades: GFRP, CFRP, wood, fatigue, S-N curves, constant life diagrams, complex loads, HAWTs, VAWTs.
Glassy materials for energy capture and control: Passive solar, photovoltaics, photochromic and electrochromic devices, optical systems including lenses, display technology, nuclear waste encapsulation, optical fibres.
Low carbon materials: Natural materials, biopolymers, biofibres versus synthetic fibres, biocomposites. Applications in the automotive and energy industries.
Nuclear materials: Nuclear technologies, uranium, fuel rods and casings, radiation protection, waste treatment and disposal.
Materials for energy transmission: Steel, copper, glass, overhead powerlines, insulators, gas turbines, transformers.
Hydrogen storage: Adsorption of hydrogen on nanoporous carbons for sustainable energy conversion systems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME40329 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM41 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM41 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design and Innovation with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AKM43 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design, Innovation and German with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AKM17 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with French with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AKM18 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with German with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AKM40 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing, Management and German with Year long work placement (Year 5)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.