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ENG1006 : Properties & Behaviour of Engineering Materials (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Enrico Masoero
  • Lecturer: Dr Agostino Bruno
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


1. To enable students to understand essential facts, concepts, theories and principles of engineering material science necessary for engineering design.
2. To introduce students to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials.
3. To introduce students to laboratory testing of materials including good laboratory practice and scientific method.

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental properties and behaviour of engineering materials. Fundamental aspects of common ferrous and non-ferrous engineering materials, relevant to selection, design and manufacture are discussed. The influence of structure-scales and processing methods on materials properties are discussed.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover the following material and themes of behaviour

-       Introduction to materials in engineering.
-       Metallic materials (including, single component metals, impure metals, steel and iron)
-       Metal deformation (Stress-strain, elastic/plastic deformation, hardness)
-       Making and shaping of metals (Ductile/Brittle behaviour)
-       Alloys of metals (including the use of phase diagrams, behaviour of alloys in engineering and Fe-Fe3C phase)
-       Structure of polymers and polymer composites (molecular configurations, crystallinity & amorphous polymers)
-       Deformation of polymers and polymer composites (elastic/plastic/creep deformation and failure mechanisms)
-       Making and shaping of polymers and polymer composites (including additives and shaping/forming techniques)
-       Concrete and reinforced concrete (as a composite),
-       Timber
-       Ceramic materials
-       Making and shaping of ceramics
-       Glass products (including composition and structure, physical properties relating to mechanical, optical and electrical applications, engineered glass properties and applications)
-       Strong, tough and hard materials (considering fracture and fatigue from cyclic loading applications)
-       Metallic conductors
-       Semi-conductors and simple electronic devices
-       Non conducting circuit materials and magnetic compounds

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include calculation ex, skills dem, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:151:15Multiple Choice PC Exam (OLAF)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Closed book examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Computer based class tests
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:453:45Reporting of practical work (Lab report)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular ind study throughout teaching & class tests.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical63:0018:00Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading15:005:00Background reading and investigation associated with the module content
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading63:0018:00Pre reading work for each laboratory activity
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study61:4510:30Practical material follow-up and calculations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study361:0036:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline specific problems identified.

Laboratory work enables students to attain hands-on experience in experimental techniques.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination751A25Multiple Choice Examination. (OLAF)
Written Examination1201A50Closed book examination.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Reporting of practical work (1500 words max)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examinations provide an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
1.       The Multiple Choice examination will assess the basic knowledge through definition, discussion and recall approach.
2.       The unseen examination will test the ability of a student to calculate, categorise and explain the theory and concepts of the module.
      Laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software use skills.

Reading Lists