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Module Title Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Alloys and Applications
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 22388
Module Lead Dr Alessandro Mottura
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites Properties and Applications of Materials - (04 21829)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Guided independent study-142 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-12 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Lecture-44 hours
Total: 200 hours

The module introduces the concepts of alloying and the reasons for using certain elements in metallic alloys. The module deals with the concept of free energy of formation, nucleation and growth, solid state phase transformations and ageing reactions. The concepts are then applied to industrially significant metallic systems such as Aluminium-based alloys. The extraction, physical metallurgy and microstructures of steels are described as a separate, parallel theme.

The module further uses the concepts developed in Semester 1 to describe the applications of these commercially important alloys. The major classes of steels will be described with applications such as: pressing steel for auto-bodies, engineering steels for engines, gears and power-train, steels for construction and corrosion-resistant steels for chemical plant. The parallel lectures on non-ferrous alloys will explore the use of light alloys for aerospace applications and Nickel-based alloys for jet-engine (gas-turbine) and other high temperature uses. The formation of ordered phases and the application of this important class of alloy will be described.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • To describe the general composition, microstructure and properties of a range of industrially important metallic alloys, such as Copper, Aluminium, Magnesium and Nickel-based non-ferrous alloys;
  • To describe the role of alloying elements in Steels (and Cast-Irons), their influence on microstructure and the heat-treatment of steels to attain desired properties;
  • To relate free-energy concepts to the phase diagrams and microstructures of these systems;
  • To describe the main classes of steel, their general compositions, properties and applications;
  • To describe the corrosion and embrittlement mechanisms of stainless steels;
  • To describe the applications and general compositions of alloys used for aircraft construction and in high temperature applications;
  • To describe the formation and applications of valency compounds and intermediate phases.

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

Assessment 22388-01 : Module Mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Written examination (70%); Continuous assessment (30%)
Other None
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