Advanced Materials Characterisation: 10 credits
A broad approach is adopted covering the principles underpinning a wide range of materials characterisation techniques, for imaging, structural characterisation and chemical analysis. Emphasis is given to the process, structure, property interrelationship, backed up by appropriate case studies taken from the areas of structural materials, functional materials, biomaterials & nanomaterials. Detailed content underpinning the module includes particle / material interactions & wave / material interactions; the experimental process; crystallography; defects; reciprocal space & diffraction. Consideration is given to instrumentation, vacuum systems, electron sources and detectors etc and described with reference to the techniques of SEM, TEM, XRD, XRF and XPS. An overview of related surface analysis techniques and ion beam techniques is provided. Aspects of sample preparation, including FIB milling are also covered.
Making Metal Perform: 10 credits
Environmental Failure of Materials: 10 credits
This module covers the ways in which environmental interactions and factors can lead to the failure of materials. Examples include metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric materials. Techniques used to inhibit environmentally induced failure of materials will be explained, these will include examples of materials selection, materials engineering, engineering design and materials monitoring and inspection strategies.
- Corrosion: oxidation; galvanic corrosion; hot corrosion; sulphidation; atmospheric corrosion; microbial corrosion; corrosion of concrete.
- Chemical and UV induced degradation of polymers and polymer composites.
- Degradation of glass.
Advanced Materials: 10 credits
MM4ADM is a module which requires personal engagement in the classes and there is no examination. In this way MM4ADM is like the Individual Project. MM4ADM has FOUR CYCLES each comprising students individually preparing a talk, and report, on a topic within a theme and with a title that has been negotiated with the MM4ADM Teachers (Prof AB Seddon, Dr E Barney and Dr I Ahmed) straight after the Teachers have delivered an introductory lecture on that theme. The point of the module is to improve oral presentation and engineering report-writing skills using advanced materials as a vehicle. The classes are seminars where good practice is openly discussed and materials advantages and disadvantages are openly debated. Not to attend classes is not an option or failure of the module at the end is very likely to ensue. This module is designed to deal with a wide range of materials (including advanced metallic, ceramic, glass, composite and polymeric-based materials) for a wide range of applications. Also it considers materials themes such as: aerospace materials, medical materials, coatings, carbon-based materials and so on. The module deals with: the underlying principles behind the suitability of material properties for the targeted applications; the processing of these materials; the effects of processing on their subsequent structure and properties and ultimate performance.
Materials Design against Failure: 10 credits
This module focuses on understanding and manipulating of materials microstructure to avoid failure. It addresses the main areas of mechanical failure using specific material system examples to illustrate how materials design is used to develop better materials for particular applications. The four areas are:
- Design for strength – metallic alloys, ceramics.
- Design for toughness – metallic alloys (including discussion of strength/toughness balance for Al alloys).
- Design for creep resistance - metallic alloys.
- Design for fatigue resistance.
Advanced Engineering Research Project Organisation and Design: 10 credits
A project-oriented module involving a review of publications and views on a topic allied to the chosen specialist subject. The module will also involve organisation and design of the main project. Skills will be acquired through workshops and seminars that will include:
- Further programming in MATLAB and /or MSExcel Macros
- Project planning and use of Microsoft
- ProjectMeasurement and error analysis
- Development of laboratory skills including safety & risk assessment
Students will select a further set of specialist seminars from, e.g.:
- Meshing for computational engineering applications
- Modelling using CAE packages
- Use of CES Selector software
- Specific laboratory familiarisation
- Use of MSVisio software for process flow
- Use of HYSYS process modelling software
- Use of PSpice to simulate analogue and digital circuits
The specialist seminars will be organised within the individual MSc courses.
Individual Postgraduate Project: 60 credits
This project involves students undertaking an original, independent, research study into an engineering or industrial topic appropriate to their specific MSc programme. The project should be carried out in a professional manner and may be undertaken on any topic which is relevant to the MSc programme, as agreed by the relevant Course Director and module convenor.
The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules; the student is expected to develop skills in research, investigation, planning, evaluation and oral and written communication. Final reporting will take the form of a written account including a literature review and an account of the students contribution. A presentation will be made to academic staff towards the end of the project.
Specialist Materials modules
You must take a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 30 credits from the following group:
High Performance Ceramics and Glasses: 10 credits
Properties of glass, ceramic and glass-ceramic materials; Importance of viscosity, characteristic temperatures, TEC, annealing & disannealing on properties and production of glasses; Nucleation and crystal growth and its importance to properties and production of glasses; Fabrication procedures for glasses, ceramics, glass-ceramics and optical fibres; Overview of optical fibres, signal attenuation and amplification
Polymer Engineering: 10 credits
A broad-based module covering the chemistry, material properties and manufacturing methods relevant to polymers. Topics include:
- Polymer chemistry and structure
- Routes to synthesis, polymerisation techniques, practical aspects of industrial production
- Viscoelasticity, time-temperature equivalence
- Rheology of polymer melts, heat transfer in melts, entanglements
- Properties of solid polymers, yield and fracture, crazing
- Manufacturing with polymers, extrusion, injection-moulding
- Design/ processing interactions for plastic products
Fibre Reinforced Composites Engineering: 10 credits
An introductory module on the design, manufacture and performance of fibre-reinforced composite materials. Constituent materials including fibres, resins and additives are described. Processing techniques and the relationships between process and design are highlighted. Design methodologies and computer-aided engineering techniques are demonstrated for component design. Case studies from a variety of industries including automotive and aerospace are presented.
Other Optional Modules
A further 30 or 40 credits are needed. A total of 60 credits should be taken in each semester. Some possibilities are shown below:
Advanced Engineering Research Preparation (recommended): 10 credits
A project-oriented module involving identification of methodologies and skills required for the main specialist summer MSC project. The module requires the student to examine, collect, collate, analyse data about the subject, draw conclusions and communicate this to peers and other interested parties. The module covers topics essential to research and communication in engineering projects at level 4. These include:
- Library searches, literature surveys and citing references
- IT: introduction to MATLAB, optimal use of Microsoft Office involving the more advanced features, effective transfer of data between applications
- Communication skills: writing reports; verbal presentations, poster presentations.
Conservation and Recycling of Materials: 10 credits
Surface Engineering Technology: 10 credits
This module highlights the benefits of surface engineering before introducing the main surface engineering processes. These processes are classified into two categories, namely surface modification, and film/coating technologies. The most common processing methods are presented, along with some state-of-the-art development. These include surface treatment (e.g. induction hardening, laser surface hardening, and ion implantation, etc.), surface thermochemical processes (e.g. carburising, and nitriding, etc.), as well as surface coating processes: electrodeposition and electroless plating, thermal spraying, diffusion coatings, and vapour phase deposition (e.g. CVD and PVD). The selection criteria and applicability of each processing method are discussed. The lectures give an in-depth explanation of the process principle for each processing method. Case studies of surface engineering technology in different industrial applications are conducted.
Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing: 10 credits
This module will cover design, processing and material aspects of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies, as well as the current and potential applications of the technology in a wide variety of sectors. Topics addressed will include commercial and experimental systems, material requirements, design for Additive Manufacturing, software and systems, as well as case studies of AM in industry and society
Joining Technology: 10 credits
This module examines, in depth, the processes used for joining metallic (e.g. steel, aluminium and titanium alloys) and non-metallic (e.g. polymers and fibre reinforced composites) materials. Topics covered include: mechanical joining; adhesive bonding; soldering and brazing; solid state joining (friction welding and diffusion bonding); fusion welding (arc welding and the many classes thereof, resistance, electron beam and laser welding).
The fundamental characteristics of the various processes are examined along with procedures for practical applications. The origins of defects within joints and methods needed to control or eliminate them are also considered. The mechanical behaviour of joints is analysed, as is the effect of joining on the microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of the base materials. Other features such as residual stress and distortion are addressed. Attention is also given to appropriate design for manufacture in a modern manufacturing context.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.