Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Materials Engineering in Products and Processes

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit introduces materials engineering in the context of integrated product development, and describes the strengths, limitations and potential of all categories of engineering materials as product design and development solutions. Each category of materials is defined, and the properties, processing and design criteria relevant to each are introduced. The selection of materials is also considered as an integral part of the design and development process.

Study-unit Aims:

To provide a comprehensive introduction to the diverse materials available as potential choices in product design and development, and identify and present the key features and potential of each in the context of the integrated product development process. The study-unit aims to familiarize students with materials engineering in product development and to provide the necessary tools to understand their properties and applicability of various materials as required by engineering products.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- List and describe the important material characteristics which dictate their suitability for use in engineering products.
- Explain how these characteristics provide opportunities for product development.
- Describe the limitations of different material categories and how these can be overcome or avoided.
- Explain the principles of selection of materials in the product development and design context.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics which make materials suitable to meet particular requirements for development and design of engineering products
- Identify the limitations which can result from specific material or material processing choices.
- Select the correct approach to the selection of materials and apply the chosen technique for the design or development of engineering components.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Materials and Design
The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design
3rd Edition
M. Ashby, K. Johnson
eBook ISBN :9780080982823
Print Book ISBN :9780080982052

ASM Handbook
Volume 1: Properties and selection - irons, steels and high perfomrance alloys
10th Edition
ASM International Handbook Committee
ASM International
ISBN: 0871703823

Engineering Materials 2 – An introduction to microstructures, processing and design.
M. F. Ashby and D. R. H. Jones
Butterworth and Heinemann, UK
Second edition
ISBN: 0 7506 4019 7

Steel – A handbook for Materials Research and Engineering –Volume 2: Applications.
Chapter C11-Tool Steels and Chapter C13-Stainless Steels
S. Williams, H-F Becker, R Krumpholzand W Verderber
ISBN: 3 514 00378-5

ASM Speciality Handbook: Stainless Steel.
J R Davis
ASM International
Third edition
ISBN: 0 87170 503 6

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 No 25%
Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Stephen Abela (Co-ord.)
Joseph Buhagiar
Maurice Grech
Bertram Mallia
Daniel Vella

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