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MECH5304: Materials Failure (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: MECH5304: Materials Failure (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Ye, Lin
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: (MECH9361 OR MECH3361 OR MECH8361) AND (MECH9362 OR MECH8362 OR MECH3362).
Brief Handbook Description: Develop advanced knowledge and skills in diagnostic analyses of materials failure using advanced techniques; enhance students' ability in handling complex engineering cases using interdisciplinary technologies; and provide students an opportunity to understand project research.
Assumed Knowledge: Fundamental knowledge in materials science and engineering: atomic and crystal structures, metallurgy, structure-property relationship, mechanics of engineering materials, solid mechanics.
Additional Notes: Students will attend a series lectures on failure analyses of engineering materials addressing brittle rupture/fracture, yielding, cleavage fracture, fatigue and creep failure of engineering materials under static and dynamic loads. Students will also attend short introduction courses on optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to gain some essential knowledge in diagnostic and forensic analyses of materials failure. Each student participates in a couple of group projects relevant to diagnostic analyses of failure of typical engineering materials such as steel, aluminium, magnesium alloys, engineering plastics and advanced fibre composites. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the student will learn how to initiate a proposal on failure analysis, how to do the project investigation and how to prepare and carry out technical communications (oral presentation and discussion between groups). In any of these scenarios, the student is directly responsible for the progress and quality of the results. At the end of the semester, the student is required to submit a written project report and to give a seminar presenting the aims and achievements of the project.
Lecturer/s: Professor Ye, Lin
Timetable: MECH5304 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 5
4 Presentation 1.00 3
T&L Activities: Tutorial: 2 hour tutorial per week

Laboratory: 3 hour group lab session per week (weeks 9-13)

Presentations: individual presentation and group presentation

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. Ability to describe and characterize failure processes and mechanisms of engineering materials using microscopy.
2. Ability to characterize materials failure using various failure theories.
3. Ability to describe and characterize multiscale structures (micro-/meso-/macro-structures) of engineering materials using various tools including microscopy.
4. Understanding of the general relationship between mechanical performance and multiscale structures of engineering materials.
5. Ability to communicate the results of projects as either a team member or independent individual
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignments No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
2 Quizzes No 45.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
3 Individual Presentation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Group Report Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Group Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
6 Individual Logbook No 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Assignments: two individual assignments (week 4 and week 7)

Quizzes: two in-class quizzes (week 7 and week 13)

Individual Presentation: presentation on a failure case study

Group Report: final group report on project work

Group presentation: presentation of group members on project work

Log Book: Personal record on project work
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 . 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 for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 7 Presentations of failure case studies
Week 8 Presentations of failure case studies
Week 9 Presentations of failure case studies
Week 10 Project work and laboratory
Week 11 Presentation of project work
Week 12 Project work and laboratory
Week 13 Presentation of project work
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
Aeronautical (Space) 2021
Aeronautical (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical (Space) 2021
Mechanical (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Mechatronic (Space) 2021
Mechatronic (Space) Mid-Year 2021
Master of Engineering 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Biomedical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Medical Science 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

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