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MTE2545 - Engineering materials I

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: J-F Nie


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Engineering metals: plastic deformation and mechanical properties of common engineering materials and microstructure-property relationships in common engineering materials. Introduction to common ceramics: industrial ceramics: clay based industrial ceramics, alumina, mullite; their general compositions, microstructures, and properties; understanding the characteristics of these materials from phase diagrams (4 lectures). Introduction to polymers: Polymer coil; molecular weight and molecular weight distribution; chain and step-growth polymers; tacticity; random, block and graft copolymers; solution properties; thermal properties and Tg; thermoplastics and crosslinked polymers; polymer blends.


  1. To develop an understanding of the process of microstructural evolution during solid state phase transformations in common alloy systems under both equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions
  2. To develop a basis for interpreting the microstructures of engineering alloys and their role in determining physical and mechanical properties
  3. To enable the students to interpret microstructures observed in common engineering alloys
  4. To impart an elementary understanding of the basis for the design of engineering alloys and their microstructures
  5. To impart a basic knowledge of the properties of commonly used industrial ceramics
  6. To impart a basic understanding of the structural basis of the common industrial ceramics
  7. To give the students an understanding of polymer morphology and how it determines the properties.


Examination: 50%
Assignments: 30%
Laboratory: 20%

Contact hours

36 lecture/practice classes and 3 laboratory experiments per semester