Module Catalogue

MEC2104 : Materials and Manufacturing

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kheng-Lim Goh
  • Lecturer: Dr Eugene Wong, Dr Didier Talamona
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


For students already familiar with applications and processes for engineering materials, this module considers the factors dictating the mechanical properties of materials (metallic, ceramic and polymeric), the control of properties by processing, and design taking into account fatigue, fracture, creep and degradation (corrosion).

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of materials and their failure mechanisms, key materials selection properties for mechanical design, relationship between material choice and processing route.
Principles of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics.
Fatigue – mechanisms, S-N curves, design for improving fatigue performance.
Creep of engineering materials
Corrosion and its avoidance.
Awareness of above issues in design with metallic, polymeric and composite components.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion27:3015:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion460:3023:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudySkills practice102:0020:00Unsupported PC cluster time.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching43:0012:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying materials engineering context and include “Frequently Asked Questions” sessions.

Laboratory sessions support:
-       awareness of microstructure, and
-       awareness of mechanical properties and behaviour for different types of material.

Software (CES Edupack) assignments briefings apply module concepts to product and process design (with support given at selected PC cluster times).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Lab report (max 7.5hours).
Report1M25One other assignment (max 7.5 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

End of Semester examination tests understanding of the connections between the materials issues taught and their link to engineering design and manufacture.

Laboratory sessions and reports test the ability to relate observation to the underpinning materials science and to report this to others.

CES Edupack assignments test the ability to apply the taught material to practical engineering design and manufacturing situations.

Reading Lists