Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Joining Processes

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


DEPARTMENT Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit covers the methods used to join materials by physical and chemical techniques and gives the student a basic understanding of what actually occurs during these processes. These vary from the conventional ones such as the welding of metals to novel processes such as diffusion bonding of glasses. Although the actual procedures of these methods are described, the content is directed towards the behavior of the material itself with emphasis on aspects such as joint design preparation. Typical defects encountered in joints will be covered together with inspection and testing of welds and joints.

Study-unit Aims

The aims of this study-unit are:
1. To introduce a wide range of materials joining processes.
2. To give the student a basic understanding of what occurs during joining processes.
3. To explain the materials response during joining.
4. To describe common joint defects and the inspection of welds and joints.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Describe various joining processing techniques.
2. Explain the basic science of joining processes.
3. Describe the behavior of material during joining.
3. Identify the origin of defects in joints and ways to prevent them.
4. Describe the importance and types of joint design, inspection and testing.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate the suitability of joining processing techniques for the joining of specific materials and geometries.
2. Relate joining processes characteristics with product quality and properties.
3. Identify candidate joint inspection and testing techniques.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main textbook:

(1) Introduction to Welding and Brazing, Pergamon Press, Miner D.R., Apps R.L.

(2) Materials and Processing in Manufacturing, Macmillan Publishing Co., De Garmo E.P., Black J.T., Rohser R.A.

(3) Fundamentals of Fabrication and Welding Engineering, Longman Scientific & Technical, Smith F.J.

Supplementary reading:

(1) Manufacturing with Materials, Butterwoth, Edward L. and Endeam M.

(2) Manufacturing Processes for Engineering Materials, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, Kalpakjian, S. and Schmid, S. R.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: MME1201, MME1202, MME2203, MME2204

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

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM1 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Maurice Grech

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