KB4004 - Materials Engineering and Performance

APPLY NOW BOOK AN OPEN DAY Add to My Courses Register your interest / Course PDF

What will I learn on this module?

You will begin the module by understanding the significance of materials science and engineering for 21st century engineers and fundamentals of metal, polymers, ceramics and composites. Your will learn about different materials’ properties (including fatigue, creep) and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them. You will develop a thorough understanding of how properties can be optimised for various materials and how you can engineer materials at various levels (i.e. macro, micro and nano) to get the maximum and desired performance from them. Principal manufacturing processes used for engineering materials within a context of the structure-property-processing relationship will be covered in detail. Awareness on sustainability (e.g. eco-auditing) and preventative measures for degradation (e.g. corrosion) will also be covered through the course of this single semester module. At the end, you will be informed about the future of materials engineering and how advanced materials are revolutionising our lives.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through lectures, seminars, and practical laboratory sessions in addition to independent and directed learning. The lectures will cover relevant principles and theories with the aid of several hands-on in-class practical exercises. A number of laboratory sessions will be used to enhance your active learning experience. Formative feedback will be provided on the work undertaken in the laboratories. You will also learn materials selection and design process techniques using industry standard materials selection software. Flash based interactive animations and platforms like steeluniversity.org and doitpoms.ac.uk will be used for gaining supplementary understanding of the scheduled sessions. A summative collaborative task involving looking into the appropriateness of existing materials technology and commenting on the scope of further improvement would prepare you for one of the real industry practices, i.e. team working and project management. The learning strategy for this module is developmental, with comprehensive and friendly support on the fundamentals of materials engineering. This will allow specifically fostering of your self-directed conceptual thinking and problem solving technical capabilities.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Small group sized seminar and laboratory sessions will be scheduled to assist your understanding of materials engineering. During these sessions, you will be guided to do relevant worksheet and exercises. Opportunities for field visits and external industrial talks will be made available to enhance your learning experience. E-learning portal will be updated regularly prior to the actual delivery of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory sessions. You will be directed to directed learning assignments on regular basis to enhance your understanding of the module. Formative feedback will also be provided on laboratory work that is designed to integrate theory and practice. Feedback will be provided within the faculty set guidelines for all assessments. Apart from that, we operate with open-door philosophy for students which mean that you are able to meet your tutors as often as you find it necessary.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

• Askeland and Wright, The science and engineering of materials Science and Engineering, 7th Edition SI edition (2016) Cengage
• Callister and Rethwisch, Materials science and engineering, 9th Edition SI Version (2014) Wiley
• Kalpakjian and Schmid, Manufacturing engineering and technology, 7th Edition SI edition (2014) Pearson
• Ashby, Materials selection in mechanical design, 4th Edition (2010) Butterworth-Heinemann

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Explain the principles of materials development, selection and sustainability and the wide scope and divergent role of materials in engineering.
MLO2 Describe engineering material (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites), properties and relevance to various engineering applications.
MLO3 Demonstrate awareness of the optimisation of materials’ performance for particular applications through composition, processing and post-manufacturing treatments.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 Comment on appropriateness analyses of material(s) for an engineering application with clear emphasis on the scope of further improvements.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 Demonstrate personal development through critical self-reflection, time management and engagement with the group.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

A 15 minute group presentation (20% weightage) on the appropriateness of material(s) used in an engineering product (i.e. materials selection). Comments will also be presented on the scope of further improvements in materials technology. MLO5 will be assessed.

002: An end of semester closed book exam (2.5 hours, (80% weightage) to assess student’s achievements of MLO1, 2, 3 and 4. The exam will cover all the theoretical content of the module and aspects of its practical application.

Formative Assessments

A mid-term in-class mock test to test student’s progress on the achievements of MLO1, 2, 3 and 4. Formative feedback will also be provided on laboratory work that is designed to integrate theory and practice.

Feedback will be provided within the faculty set guidelines for all assessments via eLP and face to face sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Comprehensive understanding of the basics of engineering materials, how they behave and why they are used for a variety of engineering applications will be the main focus. The application of materials engineering via analysing latest materials advancements in real world components and industry will be covered. You will develop a thorough understanding of how properties can be optimised and how engineers can best work at macro and microstructural levels to achieve maximum performance from them. Different materials’ properties and internationally recognised standardised practices for testing them will be discussed. Related manufacturing processes within a context of the structure-property-processing triad will be comprehensively covered. You will also learn materials selection and design process techniques using industry standard materials selection software. Flash based interactive animations will be used for gaining supplementary understanding of scheduled practical sessions. A summative group presentation involving research would prepare students for one of the real industry practices.

Course info

UCAS Code H300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints