University Of Limerick

Introduction to Materials


Iowa State Course Substitution

Principals of Materials Science and Engineering

MAT E 273

Course Info

International Credits: 6.0
Converted Credits: 3.5
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Course Description:
Rationale and Purpose of the Module: To put the subject of Materials Science into historical and modern perspective To acquaint students with the range of materials available and their classification To explain the origins of materials, their processing, properties and applications Syllabus: [Historical background to development of materials and] of the subject of [Materials Science]. [Classes of modern materials]: - [metals] and alloys - [polymers] and rubbers. - [ceramics and glasses - [composites] including concrete, wood, fibre-reinforced plastics and metal matrix composites. [Origin of these materials]: - brief outline of extraction of metals from ores and of processing by casting and mechanical treatment. - introduction to polymerisation reactions and processing techniques of `plastics' - overview of manufacture of ceramics, refractories and glasses. [Properties] of the different classes [and standard testing techniques] - mechanical properties - physical properties - chemical properties. [Applications] of different materials [related to] their [properties] Effects of temperature on polymers and metals. Mechanical and thermal treatments and properties of alloys. Learning Outcomes: Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis) Describe the different classes of materials Explain how materials are produced into useful components/objects Affective (Attitudes and Values) Case studies Psychomotor (Physical Skills) Practical examples How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students: Computer and lab based problem solving approach will be taken so that by the end of the module the students will be conversant in MS Excel Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant): Not relevant Prime Texts: Ashby and Jones (2006) Engineering Materials , Elsevier


Evaluation Date:
August 8, 2018
Scott Chumbley