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Module Code: IND108
Module Title: Materials for design
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Architecture and Design
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module provides students foundations of materials engineering, materials selection, and surface finishings for Industrial Design applications.
Learning outcomes 
A. Summarise the role of engineering materials and their classifications.

B. Identify the principal applications of engineering materials to industrial design.

C. Explain the basic mechanical properties and the failure mechanism of engineering materials.

D. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between microstructure, chemistry, and physical properties of engineering materials.

E. Use basic principles of materials selection process for industrial design.

Method of teaching and learning 
The content in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. In addition, some field trips to manufacturing companies might be organized.

- Introduction to engineering materials, Role of materials, Classes of materials

- Applications of engineering materials to industrial design products (case studies overview).

Microstructure of metals. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals classification.

Mechanical properties of materials:

- Stress-strain diagram and properties of materials, Elastic limit, Proportional limit, Yielding and yield stress, Ultimate stress (ultimate strength, rupture strength), Hook’s law, Young’s modulus, Typical stress-strain diagrams of different kind of materials Hardness of materials.

Mechanical failure:

- Introduction to fracture and fracture mechanics, Ductile vs. brittle fracture, Stress concentration, Impact energy, Fatigue failure .
Corrosion and protective oxidation (overview).

Ceramics and glass:

Classification, microstructure, mechanical properties (overview).


- Introduction to polymers, Chemistry of polymer molecules, Thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers, Copolymers, Polymer crystals, Defects of polymers. Ageing of polymers.

Composite materials:

Other materials: Composites and wood.

Classification of coatings and other finishing processes.

Materials selection methods considering industrial design functionality and the role of aesthetic differentiation in commercial products.
Lab class:

- Laboratory experiments of Hardness test, Impact energy test, Tensile test and Optical microscope test.

- Students perform above first three tests for both brittle and ductile specimens and inspect the microscopic structure of heat treated steel samples in fourth test.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 39     13  8    90  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Lab Report 15.00
2 Workshop Report 15.00
3 Final Exam 70.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/8/2019 2:38:37 AM