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Module Code: CEN106
Module Title: Introduction to Materials
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of the module is to provide students fundamental knowledge and practical skills on material science and its relevance to engineering. The relevant and important physical, mechanical and chemical properties of materials on the civil engineering will be addressed.
The understanding of the behaviour of different materials in relation to their properties is an essential component in civil engineering. The outcome of this module will also help students to learn material related content of other modules.
Learning outcomes 
A. Understand the basic fundamentals and principles of material science and engineering along with the scientific terminology used in material science.

B. Evaluate the performance of different materials considering their atomic structure and the behaviour at different conditions such as the applied force and the temperature.

C. Calculate and judge whether the mechanical and engineering properties of a material make it appropriate for use in a given engineering application.

D. Analyse a set of experimental data to produce a quantitative/qualitative conclusion and hence to evaluate the properties of the given material.

E. Identify health and safety related issues in a given practical work in a laboratory and to enhance effective written communication skills.

Method of teaching and learning 
The content in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Students will also have allocated private study time for additional learning.
Lecture 1: Introduction – Introduction to engineering materials, Role of materials, Classes of materials.

Lecture 2: Structure of Solids - Interatomic bonds, Properties from bonding, Unit cells, Atomic packing factors, Crystallographic directions and planes, Metallic crystals, Single crystals and polycrystals, Identification of crystals.

Lecture 3: Phase diagrams - Introduction to phase diagrams and its importance, One component phase diagrams, Two component phase diagrams and equilibrium, Lever rule, Iron-carbon phase diagram.

Lecture 4: Mechanical properties and failure mechanism of materials: Stress-strain diagram, Yield and ultimate stress, Hook’s law and Young’s modulus, Plastic deformation and strain hardening, Elongation and ductility, Shear stress and shear strain, Poisson’s ratio, Ductile vs. brittle fracture, Stress concentration, Fatigue failure and fatigue testing, S-N curve, Effect of temperature and stress.

Lecture 5: Polymers - Introduction to polymers, Chemistry of polymer molecules, Thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers, Copolymers, Polymer crystals, Defects of polymers and application of plastic materials.

Lecture 6: Composite materials - Classification of composites, Characteristics of matrix and fibre materials, Strengthening by fibres, Practical composite systems, Prediction of composite properties, Estimation of density, elastic modulus and strength of composites.

Lab classes: Lab class - Tensile test, Hardness test, Impact test.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 39    13  9    89  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 70.00
2 Lab Experiment – Tensile Test 10.00
3 Lab Experiment – Hardness Test 10.00
4 Lab Experiment – Impact Test 10.00

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