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Unit information: Nanocomposites and Nanoengineering in 2022/23

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Unit name Nanocomposites and Nanoengineering
Unit code AENGM0011
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Rochat
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

This unit will introduce the fundamental aspects of nanomaterials in terms of materials properties, characterisation, processing, modelling and engineering applications.

Your learning on this unit

  • Understand what nanomaterials are and their unique properties.
  • Be able to associate particular set of nanocomposite materials with their characterisation and manufacturing techniques and provide appraisal and critique of those same techniques.
  • Be able to understand the principles of nanomechanics, limits of materials continuum theory and their relationship with atomistic models (total energy and classical mechanics-based).
  • Be able to appreciate technological and industrial applications associated with nanomaterials in different fields (energy, mechanics, tribology and biomedical).

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

Nano materials engineering assignment (100%): Research for and preparation of a report on a specific topic in nanocomposites. Report will include a critical review and analysis of experimental data from open literature related to the topic. This will cover all the unit ILOs.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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