Engineering Materials module (CE12005)

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This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of materials science that are most closely related to civil engineering, before then taking a look at the most common materials used.

You will learn why materials behave the way they do, and why specific materials get used in particular ways. You will also learn some of the tricks of data processing and analysis using spreadsheet software that can be applied to the results of materials testing, as well as how to design a concrete mix. Additionally, by the end of the module, you will understand the environmental impact and sustainability issues that need to be considered when choosing materials for a civil engineering application.

Topics include:

  • Materials fundamentals: stress, strain, and other mechanical properties; crack theory; dislocations and fatigue; microstructure.
  • Aluminium – manufacture; properties; alloying and heat treatment; applications.
  • Steel – history, manufacture, and forming; properties; composition and heat treatment; cast iron; applications.
  • Polymers – polymer types; manufacture and forming; properties; analysis of stress-strain data; temperature and loading rate; types of failure; applications.
  • Timber – production; microstructure; properties; applications.
  • Ceramics – manufacture; properties; lattice resistance; statistics of failure; glass and glass manufacture; applications.
  • Composites – types of composite; fabrication; theory of fibre-reinforced composites; applications.
  • Concrete – concrete constituent materials; mix design; fresh and hardened properties; chemical admixtures; applications.
  • Bituminous materials – production; composition; types of bitumen; temperature and loading rate; mix proportioning; applications.
  • Environmental impact – sustainable development; resources; energy; pollution; waste.


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