MTE4573 - Processing and engineering of metals and ceramics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Neil Cameron


Dr Julie Karel

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MTE3542 or MSC3021


MTE4561, MTE4562, MTE4536


The first part of this unit will introduce processing of cast and wrought metals, including sand casting, permanent moult casting, high-pressure die-casting, direct strip casting, extrusion, rolling and welding of metallic materials. It will also introduce processing-microstructure-property relationships in the products produced by each of these processing technologies. The second part of the unit will introduce ceramic processing technologies including green body shaping, solid state sintering, liquid phase sintering and hot-pressing. This unit will also examine additive manufacturing, sol-gel processing and thin film growth for ceramic materials. The processing-microstructure-property relationships will be analysed for the different technologies.


At the successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Assess commonly used casting and thermomechanical processing techniques.
  2. Understand the microstructures of metallic products produced under different processes and analyse the effects of microstructure on properties.
  3. Assess the processes and the mechanisms of different ceramic processing techniques.
  4. Understand typical ceramic microstructures produced through different processing techniques and analyse the effects of microstructure on the ceramic properties.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Materials science