Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Materials Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Yi-Bing Cheng


The first part of this unit will focus on processing of cast and wrought metals. In particular, foundry technology and design of castings, welding and design of weldments and approaches to obtaining high quality 'clean' steel will be addressed. Selection of an appropriate thermomechanical processing schedule in order to achieve the required microstructure and properties of steels will be discussed. The second part of the unit will introduce ceramic processing technologies including green body shaping, solid state sintering, liquid phase sintering, hot-pressing and sol-gel processing. Microstructures of ceramics and their effects on the materials properties will be presented.


To develop:

  1. a basic knowledge on the form of arc welded joints, the macro- and micro- structure of arc welded joints and metallurgical defects

  1. an understanding of the range of casting processes available and of the mould design requirements for the production of sound castings

  1. ability to analyse the effect on a metal's microstructure of varying the processing parameters under which the metal is produced

  1. an understanding of the mechanisms of different ceramic processing techniques;

  1. an understanding of typical ceramic microstructures and their effects on ceramic properties.


Two written assignments: 20%
Laboratory classes: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures/tutorials, 7.5 hours of private study per week and 15 hours laboratory classes per semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


MTE3542 or MSC3021


MTE4561, MTE4562, MTE4536