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Module Title Properties and Applications of Materials
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 21829
Module Lead Dr Kukureka
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Compulsory in 4743 BEng/MEng Eng w Bus Man, 0385 BEng/MEng Mech Eng, 7577 BEng/MEng Mech Eng (Automotive), 7501 BEng Mech Eng (Biomedical), 7502 MEng Mech Eng (Biomedical), 0388 BEng/MEng Mech & Mat Eng, 7255 BEng/MEng Mat Science & Energy Eng, 0636 BEng/MEng Chemical Eng, 7246 BEng/MEng Chem & Energy Eng, 4492 MEng Chem Eng w Industrial Experience, 4431 MEng Chem Eng w Study Abroad, 0517 BEng /MEng Civil Eng, 4732 BEng/MEng Civil Eng w Bus Man, 7249 BEng/MEng Civil & Energy Eng
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-6 hours
Guided independent study-74 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description The aim of the module is to introduce the range of materials used in engineering applications along with some basic selection rules for determining the appropriate materials for a given application. Examples of materials selection based on mechanical properties and energy use / recycling are given. The module also introduces fundamental science that determines the properties of materials, such as atomic / molecular structures.


Classification of materials into key groups
Identification of key mechanical and physical properties affecting materials selection
Fundamental science
Structure of engineering materials, packing in metals and ceramics, molecular chains in polymers)
Relation between bonding type and structure to mechanical properties
Definition and measurement of key mechanical properties
Young's modulus
Definition and measurement of whole life issues
Corrosion (including galvanic corrosion)
Cost / availability
Recycling and energy use
Appreciation that the microstructure affects the properties of metals using steel as an example
Selection of materials for a given, simple, application.
Learning Outcomes

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

  • US1: Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context and to support their understanding of future developments and technologies.

(UK-Spec Learning Outcomes:- US1, E1, P1, P2)

Assessment 21829-01 : Module mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Written examination (80%), Continuous assessment (20%).
Other None
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