Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Engineering Materials 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is designed to provide an understanding of the technology of engineering materials by introducing the students to the internal structures of polymers, ceramic and composite materials.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to explain the relation between the internal structure of materials and their macroscopic mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the structures of simple ceramic material prototypes;
- explain the properties of materials in terms of their structures and bonding;
- explain the role of defects in ceramic material properties;
- explain the various conditions leading to crystallization in polymers;
- explain the effect of molecular mass and blending on the mechanical properties of polymers;
- appreciate the importance of the reinforcement-matrix interface;
- describe the most common testing procedures for polymer matrix composite materials.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- link reinforcement matrix interface with material properties;
- perform a standard mechanical test;
- link the molecular structure of a polymeric backbone with their mechanical properties.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Engineering with Polymers, Powell P.C., A. J. Ingen Housz , CRC Press, 2 edition,1998, Chapman & Hall, ISBN-10: 0748739874.
- Classic and Advanced Ceramics - R.B. Heimann (Wiley, 2010).
- Composite Materials Engineering and Science - F.L. Matthews and R.D. Rawaings (CRC press, 1999).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: MME2205

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination SEM2 No 10%
Assignment SEM2 No 15%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Joseph Buhagiar
Daniel Vella

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