Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Surface Engineering

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


DEPARTMENT Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

DESCRIPTION An introduction to surface engineering and its importance in industry and throughout history will be highlighted.

The three branches of surface engineering which are: changing the surface metallurgy; changing the surface chemistry and; adding a surface layer or coating; will be explained in detail.

Applications of Material selection techniques for surface engineering will also be covered and will introduce the philosophy of choosing the right surface engineering technique for a specific application.

Case studies in the field of surface engineering will be given in order to achieve appreciation of why surface engineering is important. The importance of the field will be further highlighted by presenting the economics of surface engineering.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit gives an introduction of the various surface engineering processes and to enable appreciation of their competitive aspects and relative strengths and limitations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:
- Be able to explain the basic concepts of the surface engineering philosophy.
- Have an insight in the importance of surface engineering.
- Be able to differentiate between the different surface engineering techniques available.
- Be able to describe the philosophy of material and process selection for the field of surface engineering

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Recommend a surface engineering process for various materials.
- Select a surface engineering process for a given application.
- Utilise material and process selection techniques for surface engineering

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Textbook:

Surface Engineering for Wear and Resistance - J R Davis (ASM International, 2001).

Supplementary Reading:

Materials Degradation and its Control by Surface Engineering - A W Batchelor et al (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2003).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-units: MME1202, MME2204 and MME3206

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

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

LECTURER/S Stephen Abela
Joseph Buhagiar
Glenn J. Cassar
Martin D. Galea
Maurice Grech
Bertram Mallia
Daniel Vella
Ann Zammit

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