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MEC2001 : Materials Science II

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


To extend MEC1002 Materials Science I in the areas of composition and microstructure in dictating the mechanical properties of materials, control of properties by processing, design taking into account fatigue, fracture, creep and corrosion.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Overview of materials, with yield and failure mechanisms.
- Principles of Linear Elastic Fracture mechanics.
- Fatigue: mechanisms, S-N curves, design for improving fatigue performance.
- Creep of engineering materials.
- Corrosion and its avoidance. Statistical basis of design.
- Use of the above in design of metallic, polymeric and composite structures.
- Phase transformations and processing-microstructure-property relations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 2 examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study157:0057:00Recommended 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.
- Tutorials support the students' self-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 Examination1201A90N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M10Coursework problem sheet
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 coursework enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software use skills. The students will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles which underpin the characteristics and uses of engineering materials.

Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.

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