Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)N/A (Clayton); Dr Pooria Pasbacksh/Dr Hung Yew Mun (Sunway)


This unit introduces second year students to materials available for the fabrication of engineering components and structures. Students will be instructed on fundamentals of solid mechanics and the determination of mechanical properties of materials that are important for engineering design. A systematic approach to materials selection and methods by which the mechanical properties of these materials can be controlled during manufacturing will be covered. Issues relating to the use of dissimilar materials in aqueous environments will be introduced. Case studies will be presented to highlight the importance of selecting appropriate materials for engineering design.


Knowledge and Understanding
Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Understand the significance of fundamental solid mechanics in material selection
  2. Understand the importance of selecting appropriate materials in engineering design
  3. Understand the usage and the limitations of engineering materials
  4. Understand the response of materials to typical engineering manufacturing process
  5. Gain knowledge of a systematic approach to materials selection
  6. Apply these knowledge to materials selection: to prevent failure and to minimise the weight of a component
  7. Appropriate use of fundamental solid mechanics in relating the performance of an engineering component to the basic material properties
  8. Appropriate use of important and relevant material properties in engineering design
  9. Appropriate use of materials in harsh operating environments
  10. Appreciation of methods used in the modification or control of material properties
  11. Applying these skills to solve select appropriate materials for engineering design and the related operating environment
  12. An understanding of the relationship between fundamental solid mechanics and material selection
  13. An awareness of a large range of materials available for engineering components/structures
  14. An awareness of the appropriate use of materials in engineering design
  15. Ability to use a systematic approach for materials selection.


Problem solving classes: 10%
Laboratory classes: 10%
Final examination: 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, 3 hours of problem solving/laboratory classes and 6 hours of private study per week