ENGMP516-21B (HAM)

Materials Characterisation

15 Points

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This 15 points paper covers the basic theory and use of advanced analytical techniques used in materials characterization including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis (DTA).

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This paper is taught by directed study and coursework exercises.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Comprehend the underlying principles of optical microscopy for its use in the field of materials science.
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  • Evaluate the results obtained via Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and the associated Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) as per their respective operating principles.
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  • Analyse X-ray Diffraction (XRD) spectra on the basis of the theory supporting XRD analysis.
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  • Comprehend the principles and theory of Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) and interpret typical data from this technique.
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  • Analyse TEM data and evaluate the results obtained depending on the TEM operation mode.
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Assessment

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Internal assessment: 20%

Final exam: 80%

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment on LOM/SEM
6 Aug 2021
12:00 PM
5
2. Assignment on TEM
27 Aug 2021
12:00 PM
5
3. Assignment on Thermal Analysis
1 Oct 2021
12:00 PM
5
4. Assignment on XRD
22 Oct 2021
12:00 PM
5
5. Exam
80
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis, Joseph Goldstein, 2003

Transmission electron microscopy: a textbook for materials science, Williams, David B; Carter, C. Barry (1996)

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Workload

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This 15pt paper emphasizes on the theories and fundamental principles of materials characterisation.

The paper has a total workload of approx. 150 hours: 110 hours of self-directed study and 40 hours, equally divided, for the four assignments associated with the topics of the papers.

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Prerequisites: Departmental approval required.

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