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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_

MECH8362: Materials 2

This unit aims for students to understand the relationship between properties of materials and their microstructures and to improve mechanical design based on knowledge of mechanics and properties of materials. At the end of this unit students should have the capability to select proper materials for simple engineering design. Course content will include: short-term and long-term mechanical properties; introductory fracture and fatigue mechanics, dislocations; polymers and polymer composite materials; ceramics and glasses; structure-property relationships; selection of materials in mechanical design.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code MECH8362
Unit name Materials 2
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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MECH9362
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Mechanics of solids: statics, stress, strain

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Li Chang, li.chang@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
55% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Lab report
5% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Assignment 1
5% Week 03 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Assignment 2
5% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
10% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 3
5% Week 09 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
10% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 4
5% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
  • Lab report: Each student is required to attend a lab session in one afternoon and submit a written report.
  • Assignments: There are a total of four assignments in the semester, Assignment 1 with some practical problems on basic mechanical behaviour of engineering materials. Assignment 2 on knowledge of failure analyses using failure and fracture criteria. Assignment 3 on fracture and fatigue analyses of engineering materials, and Assignment 4 on the exercises and the establishment of sound knowledge in fatigue, fatigue crack growth and creep analyses for engineering materials.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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 1. Introduction and reviews on solids 1; 2. Engineering materials and material selection Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 02 The Elastic Moduli Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 03 Composite materials, anisotropy of elasticity, case studies Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 04 Yielding strength, tensile strength and ductility Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 05 Strengthening methods and plasticity Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 06 Brittle fracture and fracture toughness Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 07 Mechanisms of fracture and probabilistic fracture, case studies Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 08 Fatigue failure and characteristics of fatigue Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 09 Fatigue design, fatigue crack growth, life estimation on crack growth and case studies Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 10 Viscoelasticity, creep failure and case studies Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 11 Steel alloys and non-ferrous alloys Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 12 Oxidation and corrosion Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  
Week 13 Friction, abrasion and wear Lecture and tutorial (5 hr)  

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

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • M. F. Ashby & D. R. H. Jones, Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to Properties, Applications and Design (4th).

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. graph simple equations representing material props, interpret graphs and communicate the outcomes
  • LO2. design simple engineering structural elements such as beams and thin-walled structures against plastic yielding, brittle failure, creep rupture and brittle fracture and fatigue with the concept of damage tolerance using the basic principles in materials selection
  • LO3. design a simple engineering structure by applying both criteria against plastic yielding and brittle fracture
  • LO4. evaluate fatigue failure in terms fatigue plot (S-N curve) and crack growth based on a fracture mechanics approach (stress intensity factor range)
  • LO5. analyse rupture life of stead-state creep as a function of stress and temperature
  • LO6. understand the processing-structure-property relationships of advanced engineering materials such as composite materials and high performance alloys
  • LO7. understand the general relationship between materials micostructure and mechanical properties (e.g. modulus of elasticity, yield strength, fracture toughness, fatigue, creep resistance, friction and wear)
  • LO8. characterize mechanical behaviours of materials including basic mechanical property, fracture, fatigue and creep resistance.

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
According to students' feedback in last year, more online learning materials will be provided.

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