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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title Functional and Ceramic Materials B: Transport and Environment
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 17181
Module Lead Dr Mayorkinos Papaelias
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-66 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-9 hours
Tutorial-3 hours
Lecture-22 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The module aims to develop an in depth understanding of the important role played by functional and ceramic materials in a range of applications in the areas of transport and the environment. It will develop the concepts introduced in the Level 1 'Properties and Applications of Materials', 'Fundamentals of Materials: Structure', and 'Introduction to Magnetic and Electronic Materials' modules.The approach will be to study in detail a number of key technologically important applications of advanced transport technologies, environmental and structural monitoring and control. The transport area will include the role of magnetic and superconducting materials in magnetic levitation (maglev); high temperature resistant structural ceramics and coatings in automotive and aerospace applications; and magnets for automobile applications. Functional ceramic sensors will be introduced for a range of environmental monitoring applications - e.g. vibration, sonar and NDT, and the role of piezoelectric and magneto-strictive actuators in controlling structural vibrations will be explored. In each case fabrication and processing routes appropriate for each group of materials in the particular application area or device will be introduced and the important links between processing, microstructure and properties will be quantified. The range of applications will require detailed exploration of specialised fabrication routes for magnetic, superconductor, structural and functional ceramic materials. The important underlying scientific concepts for each application area will be elucidated.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Describe the operating principles of magnetic levitation in transport applications and the role played by each of the materials involved;
  • Describe the role of magnetic materials and structural ceramics in automotive and aerospace applications;
  • Describe the statistical nature of the fracture strength of ceramics and the influence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors;
  • Describe materials suitable for sensors and actuators in the monitoring of environmental factors and the control of structures;
  • Describe processing routes relevant to the application of functional materials in transport and environment applications.

(UK-Spec Learning Outcomes:- US1, US2, E1, E2, P1, P8)

Assessment 17181-01 : Module mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Written examination (70%); Continuous assessment (30%)
Other None
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