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CME8062 : Joining Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Professor Steve Bull
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to equip the students with the necessary background for understanding the selection and control of appropriate joining technologies for industrial applications with emphasis on welding, adhesive bonding, brazing and soldering.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Surface requirements for joining; surface structure, preparation and selection requirements.
•       Solid state joining processes; pressure welding, friction welding, explosive welding, ultrasonic welding, diffusion bonding, resistance welding.
•       Brazing and soldering, filler materials and fluxes, heating methods.
•       Adhesive bonding; types of adhesive, wetability, surface preparation, joint design.
•       Fusion welding fundamentals; heat sources, the electric arc, metal transfer, incomplete fusion, solidification of melts, gas-metal reactions, solubility of gases in metal melts, hydrogen embrittlement, weld decay, porosity.
•       Fusion welding processes; oxyacetylene torch, manual metal arc, MIG, TIG, submerged arc, electroslag, laser and electron beam welding.
•       Responses of materials to welding; structure of the welded joint, stresses and distortion, solidification cracking, reheat cracking, heat treatments of welds, failure of joints.
•       Welding specific material classes; plain carbon and carbon-manganese steels, low alloy steels, stainless steels, copper alloys, aluminium alloys, nickel and nickel alloys, transition welds.
•       Design and performance of welded structures; joint design, static and dynamic loading.
•       Quality assurance of welds; NDT, control and recording.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials401:0040:00A combination of PiP (>50%) or synchronous on-line presentations, some non-synchronous materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Microscopy lab or computer exercise. PIP depending on Covid regulations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Tutorials - PIP or online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study194:0094:00Review lecture material 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.

The practical sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during formal lectures and private study to analyse the microstructure of welded specimens.
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.

If Covid impacts, all activities will be moved online.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Will be changed to 24hr take home exam if covid regulations are still in place.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M20N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MMultiple choice quiz with feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are designed to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of processes, concepts and analysis methods.

The tutorial sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during formal lectures and private study to analyse the behaviour of joints.

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