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Material in Our Environment (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Trevor Finlayson

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This unit consists of three components broadly summarised as follows: (i) Structure of materials: atoms and molecules; structural assembly; grains, interfaces and surfaces; length scales in materials (micro, macro and mesostructure); noncrystalline, semicrystalline and nanocrystalline materials. (ii) Fabrication of materials: casting; shaping and forming; powder processing; joining; coating. (iii) Materials in service: liquid-solid interactions, atmospheric attack; materials in the body environment; friction and wear; radiation damage. (iv) Structured laboratory exercises to illustrate aspects of the above and to provide some personal, 'hands-on' experiences in these areas.

Assessment: Six written assignments throughout the teaching semester: 15% + Practical laboratory work: 12% + written reporting of laboratory work: 12% and its oral reporting: 6% + 1 x 3-hour written examination : 55%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lecture/tutorial classes and one 3-hour laboratory session per week

Prohibitions: ENG1501

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