Course Description

This course covers major topics related to engineering design, manufacturing, and the properties of materials used in modern component construction. Students will learn to implement design methods required to efficiently use manufacturing methods such as machining, forming, and molding. In addition, case studies of parts and assemblies which incorporate various metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, composites, and superconductors, will be used for comparing product lines which may or may not minimize costs, optimize functionality, and reduce manufacturing time. Atomic and optical properties are key elements which are studied in detail to provide a firm support for student assumptions during analysis.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to
  1. Apply principles of chemistry, physics, and mathematics to describe and analyze the phenomena that control the structure and properties of materials.
  2. Distinguish the design limitations for specific metal alloys, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers and analyze the major differences between various classes of materials.
  3. Evaluate and apply basic materials design concepts and the engineering techniques used when selecting the proper physical forms and materials of composition for a product.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in lecture
  1. Atomic Structure
  2. Structure of Crystalline Solids
  3. Imperfections in Solids
  4. Diffusion
  5. Mechanical Properties
  6. Failure
  7. Phase Diagrams
  8. Steel
  9. Non-Ferrous Metals
  10. Metal Manufacturing Methods
  11. Ceramics
  12. Polymers
  13. Polymer Processing
  14. Composites
  15. Engineering Design Methods