Atomic structure and bonding and its effect on mechanical and physical properties of solids. Introduction to microstructures of polymers, metals and ceramics. Fundamentals of cement and concrete microstructure- property relationships; classification of cementitious materials for engineering design. Deformation mechanisms in crystalline solid. Mechanism of strengthening of metals; phases in alloys. Introduction to phase diagrams and their application to ferrous alloys. Phase transformations through time-temperature- transformations and their applications to heat treatment of plain carbon steels and cast irons. Structure-property relationship in alloy and stainless steels.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain micro-structure property relationship of solid materials;  
  2. Review and advise of limitations of basic materials in engineering design;  
  3. Apply systematic decision-making process for areas of optimum engineering design and adapt as necessary for a range of contexts;  
  4. Attribute the role materials play in maintaining a sustainable environment;  
  5. Report and justify recommendations effectively through written technical reports individually and as a part of a team.  


Students will work in groups but present individual components in the team reports. The reports will be used for formative assessment.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Team report and oral presentation 30%
Laboratory Work Demonstration of laboratory skills, and analysis of data. 3 Laboratory Reports (8%, 4%, 8%) 20%
Test Three (3) Tests (10%, 20%, 20%) 50%
Students are required to demonstrate their development of skills in a laboratory.

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