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MECH5310: Advanced Engineering Materials (2020 - 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: An, Xianghai
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MECH3362 OR MECH9362 OR MECH8362.
Prohibitions: MECH4310.
Brief Handbook Description: The main aim of the UOS is to develop the self-learning capability to study advanced engineering materials subjects and to explore new broad but in-depth knowledge in advanced materials engineering via case study and a research project-based approach on some particular subjects such as advanced metallic materials, CF/EP composites, and engineering plastics, etc. In particular, it aims to promote the knowledge in advanced materials engineering through hands-on experience in evaluation and characterization of materials structures & properties as well as advanced materials manufacturing processes in materials laboratories of the school. The whole process is composed of literature search, study of theories and background, hands-on processing and characterisations, evaluations and final reporting.

Objectives:

To understand (a) how to define the relationship between properties and microstructures of advanced engineering materials, (b) how to improve mechanical design with the knowledge of mechanics and properties of materials, and (c) how to conduct failure diagnosis of engineering structures.

Expected outcomes:

Students should gain the capabilities: (a) to define structure property relationships of advanced engineering materials, (b) to improve the performance of engineering structures through tailoring materials microstructure and manufacturing processes, and (c) to conduct failure diagnosis of simplified failure cases of engineering structures

Student Learning Outcomes

The subject aims to give individual students the opportunity and responsibility to develop the study and research skills in getting in-depth knowledge in a particular area of advanced materials engineering. Meanwhile, each student can capture the broad knowledge in other areas of advanced engineering materials from normal lectures and a series of presentations over the semester. It is expected that students can gain the capabilities: (a) to define structure property relationships of advanced engineering materials, (b) to improve the performance of engineering structures through tailoring materials microstructure and manufacturing processes, and (c) to conduct failure diagnosis of simplified failure cases of engineering structures. The research project-based learning process on advanced materials engineering should be fun and rewarding. It will only be so if the individual students put in strong efforts and initiative.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: MECH5310 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Laboratory 2.00 1 5
4 Independent Study 4.00 6
T&L Activities: Interactive lectures: 2 hours per week for 7 weeks

tutorial class: 2 hours per week from week 2 to week 7. Attendance of tutorial classes is compulsory.

Student presentations (including individual and group presentation): 2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Laboratory: 2 hours of laboratory work in groups per week from week 8 to week 12.

Independent study: case study

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
Case study will conducted individually, including individual presentation and report. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
The project will be done in teams including experiments, logbook, group presentation and project report - 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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Knowledge Skills – all attributes in this section will be dealt with in this course.
2. Thinking Skills – all attributes in this section will be dealt with in this course.
3. Personal Skills – In particular the capacity for and a commitment to life-long learning
4. Personal Attributes – In particular the ability to work with others and to generate the capacity for further learning in the different disciplines.
5. Practical Skills – all attributes in this section will be dealt with in this course.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignments No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Quizzes (weeks 8 and 13) No 40.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Case study- individual presentation No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Case study - individual report No 10.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
5 Group presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6 Group report Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
7 Individual logbook No 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Assignments: two individual assignments (week 4 and week 7)

Quizzes: two in-class quizzes (week 8 and week 13)

Case study - individual presentation: Each student will make a concise oral presentation on a kind of advanced engineering materials.

Case study - individual Report: Each student is required to submit a report individually in week 7 on reviewing a particular application with a focus on the advanced engineering 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 major report is limited to 10 A4 pages maximum, including the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate.

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 on weeks 13.

Group Presentation/Seminar: Each member of individual groups must make an oral concise presentation on behalf the whole group on the progress of the individual projects, such as know-how, technology, experiments and characterizations etc. The commencing date will be announced, which is based on the total enrollment. Each group presents their studies through individual group members, and each group has a presentation every fortnight. These presentations form a lecture series for the whole class on broad knowledge on advanced engineering materials and technology. For example, for the project on properties of therompastics, the presentations may cover the aspects of molecular structures, crystal structures, degree of crystallinity, mechanical properties and toughness in correlation with crystal structures and degree of crystallinity that are dependant on processing history.

Group Report: At the end of the semester a project report will be generated for each project, which is a document with sufficient details on the in-depth knowledge of the projects covering all essential aspects and components of the project. The final group report is a group effort, i.e. there is only one report per group. The report should be about 15-20 pages including key drawings and figures, and appendices can be used to cover some additional important information (e.g. detail calculations, experimental data and curves) that cannot be included in the core part.

For the projects parts in terms of presentation and report, 30% points for each student will be marked by their other group members and 70% points will be marked by Lecturer.
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.
Online Course Content: Lecture notes and related presentations will be available in the course website.
Note on Resources: In conjunction with the lecture note, extra supplementary notes will also be available in the course web site.

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 to Advanced Engineering Materials; basic knowledge for materials properties, materials strengthening, materials selection, etc.
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial:
Structure, property, processing and development of advanced steels
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial:
Structure, property, processing and development of advanced light alloys including Al alloys, Mg alloys and Ti alloys.
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial:
Other advanced metallic materials, such as superalloys, Cu alloys, high-entropy alloy and bulk metallic glass, etc.
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial:
High performance polymers and composites
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial:
High performance polymers and composites
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial:
Introduction to other advanced materials, such as smart materials, piezoelectric ceramics, and nanotechnology for advanced materials
Assessment Due: Case study - individual report
Week 8 Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Project work and laboratory
Assessment Due: Quizzes (weeks 8 and 13)
Week 9 Individual presentation and discussion
Project work and laboratory
Week 10 Individual Presentation and discussion
Project work and laboratory
Week 11 Individual Presentation and discussion
Project work and Laboratory
Week 12 Project presentation and discussion
Project work and laboratory
Week 13 Project presentation and discussion
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Assessment Due: Group report
Assessment Due: Individual logbook

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) Yes 0%
(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 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 2) No 0%

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.