Introduction – categories of ceramics, overview of structures and properties
Processing – powders, green bodies and sintering
Mechanical and thermomechanical properties – including the statistical nature of strength
Brief introduction to ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)
Overview of applications.
Introduction: examples of composite applications; fibre architecture; essentials of polymer matrix composite fabrication; specific strength, specific stiffness.
Fundamentals of laminated plate theory; relation to carpet plots
Damage in composite materials - detection and consequences
Special considerations for composite materials: extension/shear coupling; definitions of failure; joining; moisture.
Optical systems for strain and damage monitoring in composite structures; examples of applications
Shape-memory alloys - basic properties; some applications
Polymers for advanced engineering applications, principally thermosets and thermoplastics.
Fundamentals of corrosion and high temperature oxidation
Fundamentals of wear, thermal diffusion processes (e.g. nitriding)
Plasmas, PVD processes (e.g. sputtering, plasma spraying)
CVD, coating fundamentals (e.g. adhesion, density, structure, purity)
Modern coating architectures + applications