This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply advanced principles of materials science to engineering problems applications. This includes the identification and description of structure and properties of materials, metallography, heat treatment processes for metals, strengthening mechanisms, surface engineering and failure mechanisms.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - consulting and communicating with others involved with the work tasks; - reading and interpreting technical information such as material data sheets; - interpreting and producing graphs and tables; - performing metallographic investigations and material testing tasks; - performing a range of computations related to material suitability for a specified application, and; - producing graphs and charts related to material performance.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - structure of crystalline materials; - imperfections in crystalline materials; - microscopic examination; - diffusion: mechanisms and applications; - dislocations and strengthening mechanisms; - review of recrystallisation and grain growth; - structure and properties of ceramic materials - structure and properties of polymeric materials; - phase diagrams; - iron-carbon alloys; - heat treatment of plain carbon steels; - heat treatment of alloy carbon steels; - heat treatment of aluminium alloys; - surface engineering of metal alloys; - composite materials: fibre reinforced materials; laminate; MMC; CMC; sandwich panel and strength of materials for fibre composite structures, and; - failure of materials.

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