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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)J-F Nie


This unit provides a broad foundation on engineering materials. It gives an introduction to the basic physical and mechanical properties of common materials (metals, composites and ceramics). It presents students with the basic knowledge of functional materials and devices. Material selection, materials performance and failure mechanisms will be discussed in application to selected components and modern devices in aerospace engineering and mechatronics.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the materials classification and their atomic and molecular structure

  1. Describe the features of a material which controls a given property

  1. Understand the material properties and their relation to structure as a function of forming methods and heat treatment processes

  1. Formulate design criteria based on material properties

  1. Appreciate material compatibility requirements in the fabrication of devices from different classes of materials


Two written assignments: 20%
Laboratory work: 15%
Examination (3 hours): 65%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor George Simon

Contact hours

3 x 1 hour lecture, 1 hour of problem solving classes and 7 hours of private study per week. 3 x 3 hrs laboratory classes per semester.


ENG1050, MSC2022, MTE2544, TRC3800