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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: ENGM174
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: YEOMANS JA Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Post short course assessment package comprising:



Short Answer Questions




Numerical problems










Qualifying Condition(s) 


An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module



Module Overview
Ceramics are used in bulk form or as coating materials in a wide variety of applications. The processing, properties and key uses of ceramics and other hard coating materials will be covered, with emphasis on load-bearing applications and wear behaviour.
Normal entry requirements for a level M degree programme
Module Aims

This course aims to provide students with:



  • a systematic understanding of the techniques used to produce ceramics and hard coatings and the influence of these on the resulting microstructures



  • a detailed knowledge of the properties of ceramics and hard coatings, with specific reference to load-bearing and/or wear applications, and an understanding of how these properties are related to the processing routes and microstructures



  • an appreciation of the key application areas of the structural ceramics and hard coatings


Learning Outcomes

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



  • describe and select appropriate processing conditions for a range of ceramic and hard coating materials



  • compare and contrast the microstructural features that will result from particular processing routes



  • understand the relationships between processing, microstructural development and properties in a range of ceramic materials in bulk and coating forms



  • use statistical methods to predict the strength of a ceramic in a range of loading regimes and environments



  • predict, qualitatively and semi-quantitatively, the fracture behaviour of a range of ceramic/hard coating microstructures subject to simple mechanical loading, indentation, wear by hard particles and thermal stresses



  • select, with the supporting rationale, the most appropriate materials for existing and potential applications


Module Content

Overview of Ceramics and Hard Coatings


Ceramics Processing – Powders, Green Bodies, Densification


Coating Processes - CVD and PVD




Mechanical Properties of Ceramics: Introduction


Mechanical Properties of Ceramics: Statistical Nature of Strength


Thermomechanical Behaviour




Behaviour of ceramics and hard coatings subjected to indentation and wear processes


Wear resistant coatings





Designing with Ceramics




Principal materials and their application areas



Methods of Teaching/Learning

Intensive five day teaching period including lectures, tutorials and problem solving sessions, followed by assessment package of a nominal 120 hours work, to be submitted within six months (part-time) or six weeks (full-time) of the end of the course week.


Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Required reading





Recommended background reading


Barsoum Fundamentals of Ceramics


Institute of Physics , 2002 (second edition) ISBN: 0750309024



Brook Concise Encyclopedia of Advanced Ceramic Materials


Pergamon Press, 1991 ISBN: 0080347207



Carter and Norton CERAMIC MATERIALS Science and Engineering


Springer, 2007 ISBN-10: 0-387-46270-8



Chawla Ceramic Matrix Composites


Chapman & Hall, 1993; second edition available ISBN: 0412367408



Chiang, Birnie and Kingery PHYSICAL CERAMICS Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering


John Wiley & Sons, 1997 ISBN: 0471598739



Davidge Mechanical Behaviour of Ceramics


Cambridge University Press, 1979 ISBN: 05212 19159



Green An Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Ceramics


Cambridge University Press, 1998 ISBN: 05212 59913X



Lee & Rainforth CERAMIC MICROSTRUCTU RES Property Control by Processing


Chapman & Hall, 1994 and 2002 ISBN: 0412431408



Morrell Handbook of Properties of Technical & Engineering Ceramics. Part 1: An Introduction for the Engineer and Designer’


HMSO, 1985 ISBN: 0114800529



Riley STRUCTURAL CERAMICS Fundamentals and Case Studies


Cambridge University Press, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-521-84586-1



Bunshah (Ed.) Handbook of Deposition Techniques for Films and Hard Coatings'


2nd Ed., Noyes Publications, 1994 ISBN 0-8155-1337-2.



Gissler and Jehn (Eds.) Advanced Techniques for Surface Engineering,


Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992 ISBN 0-7923-2006-9



Smith Thin Film Deposition (Principles and Practice),


McGraw-Hill, 1995 ISBN 0-07-058502-4

Last Updated

09 May 2011