On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Determine relevant mechanical properties from the results of tensile tests and hardness measurements;
- Describe the structure of materials and explain what consequences the structure has for material properties;
- Explain how materials can fail and undergo plastic deformation under various conditions of production and use;
- Explain the influence of heat treatment on material structure and properties;
- Perform simple analyses as a basis for the optimum production and use of materials;
- Select materials for certain applications with the aid of a performance index.
This is a part of module 2, ME 2 Energy and Materials of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering.. See here for the compete description of the module.|
For the design and manufacturing of installations and tools it is important that the right material is selected. Only then a designed product works properly. But how do you choose well? Where does the choice depend on?
There are various materials classes, such as metals, plastics, ceramics and composite materials, each with their own pros and cons. But within each class hundreds of materials are available. Materials Science 1 and 2 provide insight and background information to make a responsible material selection. By understanding how materials are built up (material structure) and how the materials react to the conditions of use (constant/varying applied stress, low/high temperature, environment, etc.), it becomes clear in which direction to go. An advanced computer program helps in making the material selection.
In Materials Science 1 the relationships between materials and properties in connection with the production method is studied. The first part of the lecture series discusses the structure of materials and the way in which materials plastically deform. In the second part this knowledge is used to study different methods to increase the strength of materials
Non-ME students can take this course if they meet the entry requirements.