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MECH5311: Microscopy and Microanalysis of Materials

This UoS offers the fundamental knowledge that is essential for the microscopy and microanalysis of materials. The UoS will cover the basic fundamental concepts of materials structures and modern materials characterisation techniques that are available in Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis in the University, including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography.

Code MECH5311
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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AMME1362 or AMME2302 or AMME9302 or CIVL2110

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

  • LO1. communicate effectively the microstructures, crystalline structures and crystalline defects of materials in oral and/or written presentations
  • LO2. describe, in relatively simple terms, crystalline lattice structures in reciprocal space, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically
  • LO3. communicate effectively several common microstructural characterisation techniques in oral and/or written presentations
  • LO4. describe, in relatively simple terms, the interactions of fast electrons with matter, describing theoretically, schematically, and mathematically
  • LO5. identify crystalline phases using X-ray diffraction and determine crystalline lattice structures using electron diffraction
  • LO6. understand common materials preparation techniques for structural characterisation
  • LO7. understand the basic working mechanism of the scanning electron microscope and microstructural information that can be extracted from electron backscattered images and secondary electron images
  • LO8. understand the basic working mechanism of electron backscatter diffraction and its applications in structural characterisation of materials
  • LO9. understand the basic working mechanisms of the transmission electron microscope, including electron diffraction, imaging and spectrometry, and their applications in materials characterisation

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.