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CME8062 : Joining Technology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Professor Steve Bull
  • 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


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,

• 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 completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00Assessment preparation and working through the formative assessment, non-synchronous revision and online quizzes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Microscopy lab
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study199:0099:00Review 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M204 x 5% Canvas quizzes
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MMultiple choice quiz with feedback.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus.

The computer-based multiple choice assessments provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. The format allows feedback on progress to the student.

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