ENMP513-18A (HAM)

Advanced Material Properties and Performance

15 Points

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Faculty of Science and Engineering
Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao me te Pūkaha
School of Engineering


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Paper Description

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This course will provide students wishing to undertake Materials Science at a more advanced level, the opportunity to do so at the Masters level. A major part of the course will focus on aspects of new materials, prediction of properties, materials testing and failure mechanisms.

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Paper Structure

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N.B. Lecture times given are provisional and will be discussed during the first lecture slot.

Lecture Schedule

1. Brittle Materials LB (4 double lectures)

2. Ductile Materials FY(4 double lectures)

3. Composite Materials KLP (4 double lectures)

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:

  • Realise the important parameters involved with and use models for predicting mechanical properties
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  • Be familiar with the mechanisms of interfacial bonding in composite materials and techniques for assessing interfacial strength
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  • Predict the occurence of plasticity of metals and give advice how to avoid it
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  • Be able to apply fracture theory at an advanced level to enable prediction of when brittle and ductile fracture will occur
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Learning outcomes will be assessed by means of a final exam. The final exam will be closed book and contain aspects from the whole course.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 20:80. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 80% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 20:80 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 80% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Exam
2. Assignment
  • Hand-in: Department Office
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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Required Readings

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1. An Introduction to Metallurgy, Alan Cottrell, Arnold

2. Elementary Engineering Fracture Mechanics, D. Broek

3. Modern Physical Metallurgy, R.E. Smallman

4. Composite Materials: Engineering and Science, Matthews and Rawlings,

Chapman and Hall.

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Online Support

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Information regarding online support/Moodle will be provided by the lecturers concerned.

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An average workload would be expected to be 24 hours of lectures and 126 hours of background reading, study and revision including working through problem sheets.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENMP511

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