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MECH5310: Advanced Engineering Materials

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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MECH3362 or MECH8362 or MECH9362 or equivalent study at another institution
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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MECH4310
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Xianghai An, xianghai.an@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Xianghai An, xianghai.an@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Individual Presentation
Students will give a presentation based on their case study.
10% Multiple weeks 20 Presentation + 5mins Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Group presentation
Group presentation based on the group report
10% Multiple weeks 30 mins presentation + 5mins Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Group report
Investigate one big topic of materials and write a group report .
15% Week 07
Due date: 09 Apr 2023 at 23:00
25-30 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Quiz 1 related to the first 7 weeks content
20% Week 08 25-30 questions to be answered in 60mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Lab report
Attending two lab works and write lab reports
10% Week 09
Due date: 30 Apr 2023 at 23:00
maximum 3 pages for each report
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Literature review
Study one group of materials and write a literature review
15% Week 11
Due date: 14 May 2023 at 23:00
15-20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Quiz 2 based on group report, lab project and individual case study
20% Week 13 25-30 questions to be answered in 60mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Group report: The students will form a group (2-3 students, which depends on the enrollment) and will deeply investgate one big but open topic of materials. The group report is limited to 35 A4 pages maximum, including the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate. The contributions of each group memeber should be indicated. The due date is Week 7.

Case study - individual Report:  Each student is required to submit a report individually in week 11 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 20 A4 pages maximum, including the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate. 

Lab report - individual Report:  Each student is required to submit two reports individually in week 9 after attending two small lab projects in weeks 4 and 5. Each report is limited to 3 A4 pages maximum.

On-Class Quizzes: two short release on-class quizzes that should be finished in the required time  (week 8 and week 13)

Group study - group presentation:  The group student will deliver a comprehensive presentation to introduce their studies pertinent to the materials topic they choose.

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

 

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 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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

For the assignments and case study-individual presentation/report: The policy is 5% per day for up to ten calendar days, after which a zero mark will be awarded. For the presentation, you need to arrange the time with the lecturer/tutor if you cannot deliver the presentation as scheduled. For the Quizzes, if you cannot attend it, please apply the special consideration but later submission is unacceptable.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 WK1 Lecture: Introduction to Advanced Engineering Materials; basic knowledge for materials properties, materials strengthening, materials selection, etc Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently reviewing the knowledge of basic materials properties including materials strengthening and phase diagram. Independent study (8 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 The lecture will be delivered during tutorial to introduce the phase diagram and heat treatment of materials. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Review the mechanical properties and deformation of materials-1 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently review the knowledge of structure, property, processing and development of advanced steels Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 Lecture will be delivered to review the mechanical properties and deformation of materials-2. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
WK3 Lecture: Structure, property, processing and development of advanced steels Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently reviewing the knowledge of Structure, property, processing and development of advanced light alloys. Prepare the group report and individual report Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 WK4 tutorial time: First lab project related to the heat treatment of steels and its effects on mechanical properties during the tutorial time. Room: S152 Science laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
WK4 Lecture: Light alloys 1- Al alloys and Ti alloys Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
WK5 Lecture: Light Metals 2 and Superalloys. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently review the knowledge of Superalloys that is delivered during lecturing class. Prepare the group report and individual report. Individual study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 WK5 tutorial time: Second lab project related to the relationship between deformation and conductivity of Al. Room: S152 Science laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
WK6 Tutorial: High performance polymers and composites I Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Reviewing the knowledge of High performance polymers and composites I that is delivered during the lecturing class. Prepare the group report and individual report. Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 WK6 Lecture: High performance polymers and composites II Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently review the knowledge of High performance polymers and composites II that is delivered during the lecturing class. Prepare the group report and individual report. Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 WK7 Tutorial: Help student to prepare the lab report. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
WK7 Lecture: Introduction to materials selection and additive manufacturing. Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently review the knowledge of introduction to materials selection and additive manufacturing that is delivered during lecturing class. Prepare the group report and individual report. Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 WK 8 Lecture: Quiz1on class that should be finished at the required time table Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study and prepare group presentation Individual study (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Case study and prepare group presentation Individual study (10 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 WK 10 workshop for group presentation. Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Case study and prepare individual presentation Individual study (8 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 WK11 Lecture: Individual Presentation and discussion Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently learning materials knowledge from the presentations delivered by other students that are based on the case study. Individual study (8 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 WK12 Lecture: Individual Presentation and discussion Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Independently learning materials knowledge from the presentations delivered by other students that are based on the group student and individual case study. Individual study (8 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Independently learning materials knowledge from the presentations delivered by other students that are based on the group student and individual case study. Individual study (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Quiz 2 based on the group report, lab project, and individual case study that should be finished in the required time table. Lecture (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.

Required 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
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
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 (UG) - 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
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
LO4
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
LO5
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
LO6
National Standard of Competency for Architects - AACA
5.5. Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties.
Engineers Australia Curriculum Performance Indicators - EAPI
5.3. Skills in the selection and characterisation of engineering systems, devices, components and materials.
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.

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

some changes maybe made based on the total enrollment.

For the Group report and presentation.

Students will form a group to choose one large but open topic pertinent to the materials, such as sustainability of materials development, the future of materials, materials and modern civilization, etc. By collaborating with group members, the group should prepare a comprehensive report. Since the topic is quite open, the group can freely choose the format for the report but headlines should be clear. One requirement is that the report should include the introduction, main content, perspective and outlooks. The report should be submitted in week 7 via online (TBA) to the lecturer. The major report is limited to 30 A4 pages maximum, including references and the essential information with scanned sketch/drawing and photos where/when it is appropriate. At WK2, we will form the group and assign the topics. In WK10, the group will deliver a comprehensive oral presentation (30-35mins) to introduce the topic and report to the whole class. Each of group member should make their own contributions.

For the Major report (individual):

Each student is required to submit a major report individually in week 11 via online (TBA) 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 20 A4 pages maximum, including references and 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, this part will not be provided this year): 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 students will make make an oral concise presentation on individual projects, such as know-how, technology, experiments and characterizations etc. The commencing date will be announced, which is based on the total enrollment. 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. 

Lab work : two lab projects will be done with lecturer together. Details will be indicated during the WK1 lecture time. Please be advised that participation in the lab activities is essential. 

One project/lab 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 students need to summit two reports. Each report should be about 5 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, 60 min, 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, 60 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 case studies 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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