ENGEN112-19B (TGA)

Materials Science and Engineering

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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Engineers/technologists/scientists in all disciplines encounter and use materials in their various practices. In order to function effectively, an understanding of the properties and behaviour of materials is required. This is particularly relevant in design and maintenance, when important decisions need to be made on the choice of materials to be used in a component. It is also possible to tailor or engineer the properties of materials to suit a particular application. This course provides an introduction to the field of Materials Science and Engineering, satisfying the introductory materials science requirements for first year engineering programs. The course will also be of interest to those who wonder why we use different materials for particular applications, why items seem to fail for “no good reason” and what the difference is between strong, tough, hard.

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Paper Structure

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The paper content is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • name and describe the types of primary and secondary bonds and explain what influence bond type can have on the observed properties of materials
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  • calculate stress, strain and stiffness and interpret a tensile stress/strain graph
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  • define strength, hardness, stiffness and toughness and realise that they are not interchangeable
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  • describe different types of failure and failure processes (ductile, brittle, fatigue and creep) and recognise the characteristic fracture surfaces that some of these show
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  • predict and describe different types of wet corrosion
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  • name the 5 groups of materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, semiconductors) and describe the common features of these groups
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  • name the common types of steels, irons and some of the common non-ferrous metals and be able to recommend them for suitable applications based on their inherent advantages and disadvantages
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  • explain: factors that influence electrical conductivity; basic thermal properties and the reason for thermal shock; the origin of permanent magnetic behaviour
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This paper facilitates the development of technical writing, an important competency expected of a scientist and engineers. In order to pass this paper, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to produce written work of an adequate standard.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Two tests
2. Tutorial assignments
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
3. Lab reports
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
4. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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The recommended book to support this course is: Materials Science & Engineering, An Introduction; 9th edition; William D Callister, Jr.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Online Support

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This course has a Moodle site (elearn.waikato.ac.nz) associated with it, providing discussion forums and access to additional resources.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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You are expected to attend the three 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour tutorial each week and a 3-hour laboratory when scheduled. It is also expected that 4-5 hours a week of private study will be required to meet the demands of this paper.

Lectures: 36 hours
Tutorials: 8 hours
Labs: 18 hours
Total number of contact hours = 62 hours

Assignments: 14 hours
Lab reports: 24 hours
Test preparation: 20 hours
Exam preparation: 30 hours

Total number of non-contact hours = 88 hours

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Required prerequisite for ENGMP213, ENGCV212, ENGCV251, ENGCV231. Can be used as a prerequisite for ENGMP211.

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Restricted papers: ENMP102

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