University Of Birmingham

Functional And Ceramic Materials B: Transport And Environment

04 17181

Iowa State Course Substitution

MAT E Technical Elective


Course Info
International Credits:
Converted Credits:
United Kingdom
Course Description:
The module aims to develop an in depth understanding of the important role played by functional and ceramic materials in a range of applications in the areas of transport and the environment. It will develop the concepts introduced in the Level 1 'Properties and Applications of Materials', 'Fundamentals of Materials: Structure', and 'Introduction to Magnetic and Electronic Materials' modules.The approach will be to study in detail a number of key technologically important applications of advanced transport technologies, environmental and structural monitoring and control. The transport area will include the role of magnetic and superconducting materials in magnetic levitation (maglev); high temperature resistant structural ceramics and coatings in automotive and aerospace applications; and magnets for automobile applications. Functional ceramic sensors will be introduced for a range of environmental monitoring applications - e.g. vibration, sonar and NDT, and the role of piezoelectric and magneto-strictive actuators in controlling structural vibrations will be explored. In each case fabrication and processing routes appropriate for each group of materials in the particular application area or device will be introduced and the important links between processing, microstructure and properties will be quantified. The range of applications will require detailed exploration of specialised fabrication routes for magnetic, superconductor, structural and functional ceramic materials. The important underlying scientific concepts for each application area will be elucidated.


Evaluation Date:
March 31, 2015
Lawrence Genalo