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CME8061 : Advanced Materials for Energy Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Dr Shayan Seyedin
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To consider in detail the development of materials, manufacturing processes and surface engineering requirements of different components used in energy applications. Final year specialist course in materials and manufacturing technologies for engineering students.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to advanced materials for power generation, distribution and storage: steels and corrosion resistant alloys, superalloys, photovoltaics, batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, hydrogen storage technologies, thermoelectrics, magnetic refrigeration and piezo electric materials. Energy efficiency in traditional materials selection and design (light-weighting: steel vs aluminium alloy vs composite). Material and process selection.
Case studies covered in detail:
- Materials development for gas turbines: creep and corrosion, stability, directional solidification 
- Thin films for batteries and photovoltaics: deposition technologies, microstructural control 
- Composite materials for wind and tidal turbine blades: design and manufacturing methods, material optimisation
- Electric vehicle bodies: materials development, rolling and continuous casting, press technology, forming limit diagrams, joining methods, coatings and surface treatments.
- Emerging materials for electrochemical energy storage devices: electrical and electrochemical properties, device fabrication and performance evaluation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Assessment preparation - Lit review
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1103:30103:30Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
- Tutorials support the students' private-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M20Literature review of engineering problems. Approx 4 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The examination provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
- The literature review of engineering problems enables more in depth review of engineering problem to be considered. It also develops the ability to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin engineering design, in conjunction with deeper knowledge and understanding in a specific subject area.

Reading Lists