MATL07026 2019 Materials Testing & Metrology

General Details

Full Title
Materials Testing & Metrology
Transcript Title
Materials Testing & Metrology
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Subject Area
MATL - Materials
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Molua Donohoe, Conall Doran
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EPREC_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

The module will introduce and allow students to apply metrological concepts.  It wil allow students to interpret and apply geometric tolerancing and dimensioning.  The application of coordinate measuring machines will also be examined.  The module will enable students to predict the properties of engineering alloys based on material composition and heat treatment.  They will then employ materials testing methods to measure these properties and examine engineering components for flaws. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Predict alloy microconstituent fractions,  microstructures and phases based on composition and heat treatment.


Select heat treatment processes and material compositions to create specific material properties including strength, toughness and hardness, especially of tool materials.


Employ materials tests, including non-destructive tests, to determine material properties and component flaws.


Describe and apply basic metrological concepts such as precision, accuracy, bias, resolution, repeatability and reproducibility; metrological measurements using optical methods and measurement of surface finish.


Interpret and apply tolerancing, including geometric dimensioning & tolerancing.


Examine and apply the use of coordinate measuring machines in metrology.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The theoretical and background material will be presented through a series of lectures. Application of the theory will be demonstrated in class and understanding demonstrated through ongoing laboratory sessions and assignments.

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. The theoretical and background material will be presented through a series of online lectures. Application of the theory will be demonstrated through an end of semester laboratory session and ongoing assignments.

Module Assessment Strategies

Theory and some applied elements will be assessed in a final exam.  Practical elements will be assessed based on laboratory and written reports.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will involve a final exam and resubmission of reports or practicals as determined by the lecturer.

Indicative Syllabus

Phase diagrams & lever rule, mass, volume and micro-constituent fractions
Iron-carbon system development of microstructures
Phase transformations & isothermal diagrams
Heat treatment of steels & hardenability
Non-destructive testing
Metrology basic concepts : units, precision & accuracy, bias, resolution, discrimination, linearity, stability, repeatability & reproducibility

Measurement using optical methods and of surface finish 

Dimension classifications, functional tolerancing, tolerance stack-up, geometric dimensioning & tolerancing
Introduction to CMM & metrology fixtures
Process capability and process capability index




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Metrology Project Project Written Report 10 % End of Semester 5,6
2 Laboratory Practicals Practical Written Report 40 % OnGoing 3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Materials/Metrology Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Laboratory Practical 7.5 Once Per Semester 0.50
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5.5 Weekly 5.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-07-22 Springer Handbook of Metrology and Testing Springer Berlin Heidelberg

This Springer Handbook of Metrology and Testing presents the principles of Metrology the science of measurement and the methods and techniques of Testing determining the characteristics of a given product as they apply to chemical and microstructural analysis, and to the measurement and testing of materials properties and performance, including modelling and simulation.The principal motivation for this Handbook stems from the increasing demands of technology for measurement results that can be used globally. Measurements within a local laboratory or manufacturing facility must be able to be reproduced accurately anywhere in the world.The book integrates knowledge from basic sciences and engineering disciplines, compiled by experts from internationally known metrology and testing institutions, and academe, as well as from industry, and conformity-assessment and accreditation bodies.The Commission of the European Union has expressed this as there is no science without measurements, no quality without testing, and no global markets without standards.

Recommended Reading
2010-01-07 Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction Wiley
ISBN 9780470556733 ISBN-13 9780470556733

Building on the extraordinary success of seven best-selling editions, Callister's new Eighth Edition of Materials Science and Engineering continues to promote student understanding of the three primary types of materials (metals, ceramics, and polymers) and composites, as well as the relationships that exist between the structural elements of materials and their properties.

Supported by WileyPLUS, an integrated online learning environment containing the highly respected Virtual Materials Science and Engineering Lab (VMSE), a materials property database referenced to problems in the text, and new modules in tensile testing, diffusion, and solid solutions (all referenced to problems in the text)

This text is an unbound, three hole punched version.

Recommended Reading
2012-08-21 Handbook of Nondestructive Evaluation, Second Edition McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN 9780071777148 ISBN-13 0071777148

This book presents a detailed, up-to-date discussion of today's most commonly used and emerging methods of nondestructive testingincluding background, explanation, benefits, limitations, applications, and comparisons to destructive testing.

Recommended Reading
2013-05 Engineering Metrology and Measurements OUP India
ISBN 0198085494 ISBN-13 9780198085492

Engineering Metrology and Measurements is a textbook designed for students of mechanical, production and allied disciplines to facilitate learning of various shop-floor measurement techniques and also understand the basics of mechanical measurements.

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