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Materials for Advanced Application

Module aims

  • 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.