Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8108 : Structural and Materials Response to the Marine Environment

MAR8108 : Structural and Materials Response to the Marine Environment

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Trodden
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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To introduce students to the behaviour of material and structural response to the marine environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will be divided broadly into the following themes:
Fatigue and fracture mechanics
Fatigue assessment: S-N curve, Miner's rule, Deterministic fatigue analysis, Spectral fatigue analysis, Narrow and broad band, Non-linearities affecting spectral and fatigue analysis.
Fracture assessment; Brittle fracture, Application of fracture mechanics to fast fracture, Crack propagation.
Marine corrosion: Nature and diagnosis of marine corrosion problems, nature of corrosion, Marine corrosion testing, Environmental factors in corrosion of metals in seawater and sea air, Crevice corrosion, Galvanic corrosion, Cathodic protection, Effects of stress, Application to hull structures.
Materials and NDT (non-destructive testing): Types of non-destructive tests, Methods of examination for defects, Radiographic examinations, Methods of magnetic analysis, Magnetic and particle method, Methods of electrical analysis.

This modules will include preschool reading, examples, an intensive school (five days), an examination, and a post school assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following:

IKO1 - The behaviour of various materials used in structures
IKO2 - Materials responses in the marine environment.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completing the module students will be able to develop the following subject specific skills:

ISO1 - IT skills
ISO2 - Decision making
ISO3 - Communication skills
ISO4 - Data evaluation
ISO5 - Project planning
ISO6 - Project management
ISO7 - Collation, analysis and evaluation of data
ISO8 - Problem formulation
ISO9 - Problem solving
ISO10- Communication skills
ISO11- Time management
ISO12- Ability to work alone

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Preparation and completion of in-school formative assessment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00Post school assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Review and study lecture materials, notes and general reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time12:002:00Present-in-person
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject by independent reading for which they are given guidance in the distance learning material (IKO1-2). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design during the intensive school and work-based assessments and application after the intensive school also enable the students to learn. Subject specific skills (e.g. IT and project planning) are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system (Canvas). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies and design classes, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through the work based post school assignment and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-12).


Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Post school assignment; coursework. Max 2000 approx words
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Written exerciseMFormative assessment through in-school tutorial questions, with feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding (IKO1-2) are assessed via the unseen written written assignment. Subject-specific and cognitive skills (ISO1-12) are assessed via design exercises and the module assignments, as are communication skills (ISO10).

The Zero Weighted Pass/fail Tutorial Questions are formative, but compulsory to complete the module as forgoing it could hinder the student’s ability to perform during the post-school assignment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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