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MTE2547 - Structure-property relationships in materials

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: C H J Davies


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit examines the relationship between a material's structure and its properties. Students will apply mathematical techniques to solve problems in various fields. Examples of mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of materials are examined by the application of matrix operations. Heat transfer and diffusion in materials processing are used as exemplars of partial differential equations and boundary value problems; the error function is introduced. Finite difference methods are explored in relation to heat transfer and diffusion problems, basic curve fitting is introduced as a way of modelling a material's response to deformation. Problems are analysed using Excel and Matlab.


To develop:

  1. An understanding of structure-property relationships in materials engineering
  2. The ability to apply matrix operations to analyse material properties governed by material orientation
  3. The ability to apply partial differential equations and their solution to practical heat transfer and diffusion problems in materials systems
  4. A basic understanding of numerical methods
  5. Skills in the use of Excel and Matlab software.


Assignments: 40%
Laboratory class: 10%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Contact hours

Two 1 hour lectures, one 2 hour tutorial/problem solving class, and 7.5 hours of private study per week and two 3 hour laboratory classes per semester


ENG1091, ENG1060 and ENG1050 or MTE2541




MAT2921, MAT2922