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Module

CME8118 : Stability and Sustainability of Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Geoghegan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To give student a good understanding on
•       Why materials degrade
•       Different mechanisms of materials failure
•       How it is dependent on the environment and ambient chemistry
•       How can we predict if it will degrade
•       Kinetics of degradation
•       How to measure the kinetics of degradation
•       Standard methods of protection against degradation
•       Biodegradation

Outline Of Syllabus

Materials compatibility, degradation and corrosion
Definitions of different kinds of corrosion and corrosion failure – Health and Safety Implications
Thermodynamics and electrochemical materials chemistry
The electrochemical series and stability diagrams
Pourbaix Diagrams for materials stability
Electrochemical kinetics and corrosion rates
Corrosion Protection
Theoretical analysis of corrosion
Biodegradability and mechanisms of biodegradation

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 ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Introductory lecture, to be held during induction period via synchronous online delivery
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for assessments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework completion
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Problems and exercises (assessment)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Office Hours (Either PiP or online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study135:0035:00Review lecture material, prepare for tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Revision Lectures
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Technical understanding of materials stability requires the ability to understand how theory and practice are related. Therefore lectures covering the context, theory and applications will be delivered. In addition practical demonstrations will show how measurements of these processes are performed. The computing assessment will show how they can use e-learning and data gathering to assess materials stability. This also shows the drive and independent learning abilities of the student.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M802 x 1.5hr quiz
Report1M20Approximately 800 word assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The quizzes are used to test the development in understanding of the theoretical content of the module.
The coursework will test a deeper understanding of the wider aspects of material stability that that cannot be assessed in an exam environment

Reading Lists

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