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Module Code: MFE103TC
Module Title: Introduction to Structural Materials
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: School of Intelligent Manufacturing Ecosystem
Pre-requisites: N/A
The correct use of materials is the bedrock of innovations in engineering structures and devices. In this you will learn to classify materials based on their properties and how to solve fundamental problems in applied statics problems.

You will apply this knowledge to solve simple problems by conducting analysis, interpreting results and selecting materials based on performance indices to suit design specifications.
Learning outcomes 
A A. Summarise the role of engineering materials and their classifications.

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

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.

This module will be delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Teaching will be through problem-based learning, with problems embedded in the lectures and use made of student response systems to provide formative assessment to the students.
Topics will typically include:


- 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 40  2  12      96  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Group Project 20.00
2 Individual Assignment 30.00
3 Final Exam 50.00

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