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We are aiming for an incremental return to campus in accordance with guidelines provided by NSW Health and the Australian Government. Until this time, learning activities and assessments will be planned and scheduled for online delivery where possible, and unit-specific details about face-to-face teaching will be provided on Canvas as the opportunities for face-to-face learning become clear.

Unit of study_

MECH5310: Advanced Engineering Materials

To understand (a) how to define the relationship between properties and microstructures of advanced engineering materials, (b) how to improve mechanical design with the knowledge of mechanics and properties of materials, and (c) how to conduct failure diagnosis of engineering materials.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code MECH5310
Unit name Advanced Engineering Materials
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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MECH4310
Prerequisites
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MECH3362 OR MECH9362 or MECH8362
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Xianghai An, xianghai.an@sydney.edu.au
Project supervisor(s) Ranming Niu , ranming.niu@sydney.edu.au
Qinghao He, qinghao.he@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Ziyan Man , zman4889@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Individual Presentation
10% Multiple weeks 15-20 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment 1
n/a
15% Week 05 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Quiz 1 that should be finished in the required time
25% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
Assignment Assignment 2
n/a
15% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Major report
10% Week 10 10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Quiz 2 based on case study that should be finished in the required time
25% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assignments: two individual assignments (week 5 and week 8)

Quizzes at home: two at-home quizzes that should be finished in the required time  (week 8 and week 13)

Case study - individual presentation:  Each student will make a concise oral presentation on a kind of advanced engineering materials.

Case study - individual Report:  Each student is required to submit a report individually in week 10 on reviewing a particular application with a focus on the advanced engineering materials required, by studying available information in the Engineering Library (specific articles in proceedings, monographs and journals) and the web. Students are required to register the topic in week 2. If the student is working on a materials-related thesis, he/she must select a totally different material for the Major Report, and this must be declared on the cover page of the report. The major report is limited to 15 A4 pages maximum, including the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to Advanced Engineering Materials; basic knowledge for materials properties, materials strengthening, materials selection, etc Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Structure, property, processing and development of advanced steels Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 1. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 03 Structure, property, processing and development of advanced light alloys including Al alloys, Mg alloys and Ti alloys. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 1. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 04 Superalloys and other advanced metallic materials, such as Cu alloys, high-entropy alloy and bulk metallic glass, etc. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 1. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 05 High performance polymers and composites Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 2. Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 06 High performance polymers and composites Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 2. Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 07 Introduction to other advanced Engineering materials Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the learning materials and solve the assignment 2. Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 08 Quiz1 at home that should be finished at the required time table Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Individual Presentation and discussion Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Individual Presentation and discussion Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Individual Presentation and discussion Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Case study Individual study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Quiz 2 based on the case study that should be finished in the required time table. Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

This subject requires you to have a good understanding of fundamental knowledge and principles of various aspects for materials engineering UoS (e.g. 2nd & 3rd year Materials I and II, Solids I etc. Solid II can be helpful for the project work in weeks 9-13) especially those relevant to materials engineering and technology over the past three years.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. research and acquire in-depth knowledge in a particular area of advanced materials engineering for the various assessments
  • LO2. communicate project outcomes
  • LO3. judge the appropriate application of advanced materials with respect to the economic and environmental aspects
  • LO4. determine and justify the choice of advanced materials for specific high-tech applications
  • LO5. describe the principal microstructural characteristics of different advanced materials, materials systems, and discuss their relationship to the functional properties
  • LO6. recognise and apply the various fabrication and characterisation methods specific to advanced materials and make appropriate choices regarding their selection.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
LO2
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
4.4. Skills in implementing and managing engineering projects within the bounds of time, budget, performance and quality assurance requirements.
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF8 mapped) - EA
2.4 (L2). Engineering project management. (Level 2- Attaining required standard (Bachelor Honours standard AQF8)) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
LO3
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
LO4
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
LO5
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
LO6
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Accreditation of chemical engineering programmes -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
A3.3(d) T P A Have communicated the outcomes of the project work in a professional manner that may include: thesis; publication; poster; presentation.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
5.3 T P A Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
5.9 T P A Skills in documenting results, analysing credibility of outcomes, critical reflection, developing robust conclusions, reporting outcomes.
National Standard of Competency for Architects -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
5.5 T P A Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
some changes maybe made based on the total enrollment.

For the Major report (individual):

Each student is required to submit a major report individually on Friday in week 7 via online (TBA) and a hard copy to the lecturer on reviewing a particular advanced material, such as high strength carbon fiber, carbon nanotubes, PZT, NiTi shape memory alloy, nickel superalloys, Si3N4superhard coating, high strength steel, and high performance polymer (PPS, PEEK etc.), from a big volume of advanced materials developed over years, by studying the information in Engineering Library (specific articles in proceedings, monographs, and periodical journals) and internet. The topics will be assigned at week 2.

The major report is limited to 10 A4 pages maximum, including the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate, 

Background (5%*)

Processing and manufacturing (how the material is produced?) (15%)

Comprehensive knowledge about the material meso-/micro-structures (20%)

Major quantitative physical (mechanical) properties (20%)

Comparison with the alternative materials in structure and property (why advanced?) (20%) 

Problems and issues for the further improvement (10%)

Conclusion (5%)

References (where the information and data are retrieved (5%)

*Marking scheme

*If the student is working on a materials-related thesis, he/she must select a VERY different material for the major report.

*The student is required to attach the academic dishonesty checklist (as attached) as the first page of the assignments and major report to comply with the university plagiarism policy and procedure.

 

For the project (group lab work): the detailed projects will be found in CANVAS

The study commences with a research project brief in a specific area of advanced engineering materials in week 8. The students will be divided into groups randomly, with a supervisor to work on one of advanced materials projects as listed in the handout. Each project basically covers the literature review, study of theory and background, hands-on processing and characterizations, presentation and final report. 

Presentation: Each member of individual groups must make an oral concise presentation on behalf the whole group on the progress of the individual projects, such as know-how, technology, experiments and characterizations etc. The commencing date will be announced, which is based on the total enrollment. Each group presents their studies through individual group members, and each group has a presentation every fortnight. These presentations form a lecture series for the whole class on broad knowledge on advanced engineering materials and technology. For example, for the project on properties of therompastics, the presentations may cover the aspects of molecular structures, crystal structures, degree of crystallinity, mechanical properties and toughness in correlation with crystal structures and degree of crystallinity that are dependant on processing history. 

Tutorial: Each project supervisor will attend the group discussion of the individual group and give tutorial on the project, assisting in establishing the project plan and solving the difficult issues. Tutorial time and location can be determined after consulting your supervisors.

Group Work: Wednesday afternoon 2:00-4:00 pm is for the group activities such as theoretical and experimental studies, coordinated by the group leader (to be nominated by the group members) of individual groups. Please be advised that participation in the group activities is essential. The group supervisor will also attend some group activities, especially those with experimental sessions in laboratories. 

It is essential to keep a “logbook”. A logbook is a part of good professional engineering practice where all the key and essential information about the project should be recorded as comprehensive as possible, with dates marked in the book. The logbook that forms part of the assessments will be examined twice at weeks 11 and 13.

At the end of the semester a project report will be generated for each project, which is a document with sufficient details on the in-depth knowledge of the projects covering all essential aspects and components of the project. The final group report is a group effort, i.e. there is only one report per group. The report should be about 15-20 pages including key drawings and figures, and appendices can be used to cover some additional important information (e.g. detail calculations, experimental data and curves) that cannot be included in the core part. 

 

Quiz 1 (open book, 1 hour, no digital devices such as laptop, cell phones) will be conducted at the middle of the semester to evaluate the fundamental and key knowledge of relevant topics.

Quiz 2 (open book, 45 min, no digital devices such as laptop, cell phones, calculator) will be conducted at the end of the semester to evaluate the fundamental and key knowledge accumulated on all different projects over the second half of the semester.

 

Work, health and safety

It is complusory to follow lab demonstor’s instruction during the group labotory work for the safty issues.

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