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Unit information: Materials Engineering 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Materials Engineering 2
Unit code MENG21100
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Peel
Open unit status Not open

Engineering Mathematics 1 (EMAT10100), Materials 1 (MENG11100), or equivalent



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The objective of this second year course is to build on the first year course by introducing a number of more advanced topics. Properties of Materials: Presents more advanced material properties including fatigue and corrosion behaviour of metallic systems. The mitigation of these common failure routes will be explained and students will be able to making working estimates of likely material lifetimes. Students will learn more advanced materials selection strategies in order to deal with conflicting or differently weighted objectives. The possibilities of manipulating material properties via thermomechanical processing will be discussed, via phase diagrams and transformation curves, in order to impart a working knowledge of common alloy systems. An emphasis is placed on the Fe-C system given its importance to engineers. Mechanics of Materials: For Mechanics of Materials, these will include non-symmetric bending of beams, thick walled cylinders, yield criteria, torsion of non-circular sections, buckling, energy methods, rotational stresses and bending of plates. Students should gain an understanding of the

Intended learning outcomes

Properties of Materials:

  • Be able to anticipate and predict fatigue and corrosion failures
  • Use rational strategies to select materials in the face of conflicting requirements
  • Be able to read phase diagrams and so anticipate the likely structure of materials
  • Understand how temperature effects the kinetics of reactions
  • A strong working knowledge of the steel system and how it obtains its properties

Mechanics of Materials:

  • The ability to analyse a wide range of problems in Mechanics of Materials by using suitable theoretical methods.
  • To develop the modelling skills needed to simplify complex mechanics of materials problems such that efficient analysis may be carried out.
  • To appreciate the assumptions made in modelling and the likely accuracy of calculated results.

Teaching details

  • 22 lectures of duration 50 minutes
  • 1 Lab
  • 1 materials selection group project

Mechanics of Materials:

  • 22 lectures of duration 50 minutes
  • Multiple tutorial sheets

It is expected that students will supplement the lectures and examples classes with private study using the recommended text books and tutorial questions supplied in the handouts.

Assessment Details

80% 3 hour examination paper - (50% Properties (3 of 4 questions) and 50% Mechanics (3 of 4 questions))

5% Properties Lab

5% Materials Selection Group Exercise

Reading and References

  • Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction; Callister WD (and Rethwisch DG in later editions), Wiley
  • Engineering Materials 1; Ashby MF, Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Materials Selection in Mechanical Design; Ashby MF, Elsevier
  • Mechanics of Materials, Gere JM, Brooks/Cole
  • Mechanics of Materials, Beer FP, Johnston ER, McGraw-Hill
  • Structures: Theory and Analysis, Williams MS and Todd JD