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Module

CME8061 : Advanced Materials for Energy Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Bull
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Oila
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Assessment preparation - Lit review
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study194:0094:00Review lecture notes and recommended texts as appropriate.
Total200:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
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

Timetable