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MECH5310: Advanced Engineering Materials (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH5310: Advanced Engineering Materials (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Bilek, Marcela
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH3362 OR MECH9362 OR MECH8362.
Prohibitions: MECH4310.
Brief Handbook Description: This course provides an applications oriented introduction to state-of-the-art advanced engineering materials. Applications in the context of transport; biomedical devices; energy and environment; and optoelectronics/communications will be introduced with a focus on materials requirements. Examples include: aircraft engines and structural components; medical implants; biosensors; smart windows; batteries; solar cells; mobile phones. Strategies for materials selection will be determined based on functional and multi-functional requirements identified, as well as durability. Synthesis, processing, structures, properties and validation of materials suited for the target applications will be studied. Advanced materials and processing methods to be discussed include polymer matrix composites, additive manufacturing, smart/functional materials, high-strength alloys, high-performance polymers, eco-materials, thin films and coatings, surface modification, advanced joining methods and processing-structure-property relationships. Students will learn to (a) determine key materials properties required from an applications perspective; (b) understand relationships between properties and microstructures of advanced (functional, multifunctional, active/smart) engineering materials; and (c) understand the role of surfaces and interfaces and how to improve performance with surface engineering.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Prof Bilek, Marcela
Timetable: MECH5310 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 4.00 2 9
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 4
3 Presentation 4.00 2 1
4 Research 4.00 12
T&L Activities: Interactive lectures: 4 hours per week for 9 weeks

Student presentations: 4 hours per week for 1 week

Laboratory: 3 hours of laboratory work in groups per week for 4 weeks

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The labs, project and presentation will be done in teams - execution of the labs and project work in teams will help build project and team skills. The teams will be 2-4 students depending on total enrolments. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
1. Research and acquire in-depth knowledge in a particular area of advanced materials engineering for the various assessments
2. Communicate project outcomes
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
3. Judge the ethically appropriate application of advanced materials with respect to the feasibility of their fabrication and implementation, and to the economic and environmental aspects
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5)
4. Judge the appropriate application of advanced materials with respect to the economic and environmental aspects
(4) Design (Level 3)
5. Determine and justify the choice of advanced materials for specific high-tech applications
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
6. Describe the principal microstructural characteristics of different advanced materials, materials systems, and discuss their relationship to the functional properties
7. Understand the role of surfaces and interfaces in advanced materials and their effects on the properties in bulk homogeneous materials, composite materials, coatings and thin films, and tailored surfaces
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
8. Judge the appropriate application of advanced materials with respect to the feasibility of their fabrication and implementation
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)
9. Recognise/apply the various fabrication and characterisation methods specific to advanced materials and make appropriate choices regarding their selection
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz 1 No 20.00 Week 6 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
2 Quiz 2 No 20.00 Week 13 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
3 Individual Report No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
4 Log Book No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
5 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9,
Assessment Description: Quiz: In-class quizzes will be conducted on weeks 6 and 13 to evaluate fundamental and key knowledge over the semester.

Log Book: A logbook is a part of good professional engineering practice where all key and essential information about a project should be recorded as comprehensively as possible, with dates marked in the book. The logbook that forms part of the assessments will be examined four times on weeks 7, 9, 10 and 14.

Presentation/Seminar: Each student must make a concise oral presentation on their individual research project, including a description of the application addressed, materials selection, relevant know-how & technology, fabrication, characterisations, economics and environmental considerations etc., in week 12 of the semester. There are two sessions of presentations in the semester. These presentations form a lecture series for the whole class. The presentations are conducted in week 12.

Major Report. Each student is required to submit a major report individually in week 13 on reviewing a particular application with a focus on the advanced materials required, by studying available information in the Engineering Library (specific articles in proceedings, monographs and journals) and the web. Students are required to register the topic in week 2. If the student is working on a materials-related thesis, he/she must select a totally different material for the Major Report, and this must be declared on the cover page of the report. The core report should not be less than 15 pages excluding drawings and figures. The Report should be completed and submitted at the end of semester on Friday week 13.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction: Applications based Materials Selection; Advanced Materials for Transportation: bulk materials- high performance alloys and composites
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Materials for transportation: Additive manufacturing and performance; Surfaces and interfaces functional characteristics
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Fabrication of hard functional coatings: Thermal spray and plasma-based technologies; Advanced materials for biomedical applications: alloys and polymers functionality and biocompatibility
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Biomedical interfaces: wettability, toxicity, friction; Surface treatment approaches for biocompatibility: wet chemical and plasma processes
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Biosensing devices; Energy/ Environment: Advanced Materials for Clean Energy Generation - solar cells, solar-thermal, thermoelectricity
Week 6 Lab: Group laboratory work
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Advanced Materials for Energy saving: heat transfer, low emissivity windows, smart windows; Advanced Materials for Energy storage: energy transformation, batteries, super-capacitors
Week 8 Lab: Group laboratory work
Lecture/Tutorial: Life cycle considerations
Week 9 Lab: Group laboratory work
Lecture/Tutorial: Life cycle considerations
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Materials for optical, optoelectronics and communication technologies: Optical properties of materials; Glass, plastics and interference-based devices and their durability
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Materials for Wearable electronics; Life cycle considerations
Week 12 Student presentations
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Week 13 Lab: Group laboratory work
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Assessment Due: Individual Report

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2014
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Biomedical) 2011, 2012
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Mechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2019, 2020
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Law 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) No 37.5%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 12.5%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 12.5%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 25%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 12.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.