Swansea University

Introduction To Materials Engineering

EG 180

Iowa State Course Substitution

Principals of Materials Science and Engineering

MAT E 273

Course Info
International Credits:
Converted Credits:
United Kingdom
Course Description:
Principles of Materials Selection: Classes and typical properties of materials, the role of materials selection in mechanical design [1]. Elastic and Plastic Behaviour of Solids: Stress and strain in solids, elastic behaviour. Plastic behaviour, tensile testing, stress-stain curves [3]. Toughness and Hardness Testing: Impact testing, hardness testing [1]. Atomic Structure: Atomic structure, atomic numbers and weights, electronic structure of atoms, types of atomic bonding including ionic, covalent, metallic, intermediate, Van de Waals, and hydrogen bonding [1]. Crystal Structure of Solids: Types of solid state structure (e.g. crystalline and amorphous), atomic packing in crystals, atomic arrangements (e.g. FCC, HCP, BCC), crystallography: Plane (Miller) indices, direction indices, crystal structure of ceramics [2]. Solidification: Volume change, nucleation and growth of crystals, grain boundaries, glasses: temperature dependence, silica glass structures, forms of silica glass, soda glass [2]. Cement and Concrete: Portland cement and its manufacture, hydration and its development, strength of concrete [1]. Vacancies and Diffusion: Diffusion and Fick's Law, crystal lattice defects, atomic vibration, probability of diffusion, mechanisms of diffusion [2]. Microstructure of Solids: Examples of microstructures, microstructural features, phases, diagrams (maps), unary diagrams and Gibbs Phase rule, solid solubility, solubility in a binary system, composition in a two-phase region, microstructural development, Lever rule [2]. Polymers and Composites: Polymerization, skeletal structures, structure of polymers, homopolymers, copolymers, classification of polymers, classification of composites, manufacture routes, fibre-reinforced composites, fibre matrix interface [2]. Steels: Iron-Iron carbide system, eutectoid steel, effect of carbon content, effect of cooling rate, non-equilibrium steels, heat treatment of steels, diffusion, classification of steels: plain carbon steels (e.g. low-carbon, mild, medium-carbon, high-carbon steels) and alloy steels (e.g. high strength low-alloy steels (HSLA), tool/die steels, corrosion/heat-resistant steels) [4]. Welding of Steels: Principles of welding, welding zones, development of welding defects, welding techniques [2]. Timber and Masonry: Timber characteristics, Processing of Timber, Masonry structures and Properties [1].


Evaluation Date:
April 21, 2016
Lawrence Genalo