- The aim is to build on the fundamental materials knowledge gained in years 1 and 2.
- Using a number of specific examples and case studies, participants will learn the relationships between composition, structure and properties so that they can assess materials that are not yet known to them.
- This module will complement that on Industrial Processes.
- This module will explore a number of different material types (metals, plastics and composites) used in different sectors.
- The often complex interactions between composition, structure, process and properties will be explored so that the participants can make informed choices when designing or manufacturing a product.
- Particular themes will include light-weighting, batteries, corrosion resistance and intelligent and/or self-healing materials.
By the end of this module students will be able to:
- Discuss and critically examine the relationships between the composition, structure and properties of advanced materials relevant to a number of industries.
- Discuss and critically examine the latest advances in materials relevant to their own industry.
- Understand and critically assess the implications of a particular materials choice.
- Use a systematic approach to report on the feasibility of the adoption of new materials to achieve, where appropriate, a combination of weight saving, accelerated time to market, quality improvements and cost reduction.
- Suggest and comment on how any new materials might be successfully integrated into the operation.