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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3346
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: YEOMANS JA Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Unseen examination






Ceramics and Composites assignment






Qualifying Condition(s) 



An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
This module introduces a range of materials and processes used in a variety of engineering applications, with examples from taken from aerospace, mechanical and medical engineering. 

Normal entry requirements for level 3 of the degree programme.

Module Aims

To provide students with:


  • an introduction to ceramics, composites, polymers and surface engineered materials.


  • a knowledge of the major material types, processing routes, key properties and the methods by which these are evaluated, and the principal application areas, within each sub-group.


  • where appropriate, a quantitative framework for the evaluation of key aspects of materials processing and/or performance



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will  be able to:



·         identify the materials and processes that are used in a range of engineering applications,



·         provide a rationale for their use, with reference to the underlying processing -structure – property relationships, and



  • where appropriate, use quantitative data to support your reasoning.
Module Content

Ceramic Materials


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.



Composite Materials


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



Polymeric Materials


Polymers for advanced engineering applications, principally thermosets and thermoplastics.









Surface Engineering


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



Methods of Teaching/Learning

22 hrs lectures, 12 hrs tutorials, 20 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 44 hrs independent learning.

Total student learning time 100 hours.    
Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended reading



Required reading


Module notes



Recommended background reading


Richerson DW, Modern Ceramic Engineering: properties, processes and use in design  (any one of the three editions is suitable)


ISBNs 0824718437, 0824786343, 1574446932




Hull D and Clyne TW, An Introduction to Composite Materials  (any edition)


ISBN 0521381908




Gissler W & Jehn HA  (eds.), Advanced Techniques for Surface Engineering


ISBN 0792320069




Brydson JA, Plastics Materials, 6th ed


IBSN 0750618647





Last Updated

1 october 2010