Module Title:Materials Science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered using lectures, tutorials and practical tasks with reference to standard mechanical engineering materials and science.
Module Aim: • To provide the student with a broad knowledge of Materials, Material Science and the methods of altering material properties.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and apply the basic fundamentals of Material Science for Mechanical Engineering
LO2 Explain the characteristics, properties and identification of ferrous, non-ferrous materials and composites
LO3 Describe the Mechanical Properties and deformation of materials.
LO4 Select and apply appropriate mathematical formulae to solve Material Science problems
LO5 Describe Material Science experiments relevant to mechanical engineering and interpret the results
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Atoms, Molecules and Crystals
o Electron, Proton, Neutron o Structure of the atom, states of matter o Chemical bonding of atoms, Carbon and its compounds, Intermolecular forces o Lattice structures, Dendritic solidification, Impurities in Cast metals, Influence of cooling rates on crystal size.
Mechanical Properties and Testing
o Stress, Strain, Young's Modulus of Elasticity, Hooke's law o Tensile, Hardness, Impact Tests
Non-Destructive Testing
o Detection of surface cracks and flaws o Penetrant methods o Magnetic dust methods o Acid pickling methods o X-ray methods o Ultrasonic testing
Iron and Steel
o Steel production o Composition of steel o- Heat treatment of steel
Alloy Steel's
o Constructional steels o Tool steel's and die steels o Stainless steels o Heat resisting steels o Magnet Alloys
Cast Iron
o Composition of cast iron o Influence of cooling rate on the properties of cast iron o Ordinary cast iron's o Malleable cast iron's o Alloy cast iron's
Non-ferrous Metals and Alloys
o Non-ferrous metals o Alloys of non-ferrous metals
Plastics and Rubbers
o Thermoplastic Polymers o Thermosetting Polymers o Rubber
o Engineering Ceramic's o Properties of Ceramic's
Composite Materials
o Particle hardened composites o Dispersion-hardened materials o Fibre-reinforced composites o Composite bearing materials
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Students will be expected to complete a number of written assignments and assessments during the academic year, typically at the conclusion of one or more learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Summer Final Exam 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Laboratory Every Week 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 5.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory