MATL08007 2019 Engineering Materials Analysis and Testing

General Details

Full Title
Engineering Materials Analysis and Testing
Transcript Title
Engineering Materials Analysis
90 %
Subject Area
MATL - Materials
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
David Tormey
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering

The aim of this course is to introduce the learner to materials and their defects as well as the causes of such defects. The learner will be introduced to the material selection process as well as material implications on the environment. The module aims to present an overview of materials science and future research and is taking place in industry.

Learning Outcomes

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


Preparation of material samples for defect investigation using microscopy and SEM/TEM/XRD analysis on different types of materials including ceramics, polymers, composites, metals. 


Understand material failure modes, fatigue and explore ductile-to-brittle transition effect on material impact. 


Understand the impact that chemicals and natural environmental condiitons have on material integrity and employ LCA techniques to evaluate environmental impact of materials within full product lifecycle. 


Understand structures of composite materials and calculate longitudinal modulus and strength for aligned continuous and discontinuous fibrous composites. 


Understanding typical molecular structures of polymers in respect to their physical, thermal and mechanical properties and influence of factor such as geometrical isomerism, number-average molecular weight, weight-average molecular weight, and Degree of polymerisation (DP). 



Understanding of Biomaterials and their applications in addition to gaining knowledge of the  processing of material in advanced manufacturing processes such Additive Manufacturing and non-conventional machining...


Understand principles of material selection in the context of the engineering design process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, assignments, practical laboratory work...


Module Assessment Strategies

Final semester exam, continuous assessment, lab work assessment., project work assessment

Module Dependencies

MATL07026 201900 Materials Testing & Metrology MATL07025 201900 Engineering Materials and Testing

Indicative Syllabus

Material Defects: Review material defects present in polymers, ceramics and metals. Measure the quantity of these defects that are likely to be present. Fatigue analysis and deflection on materials also will be examined in both lab and lecture.

Material and Environment: Examine the chemical reaction of the surrounding environment on the materials interacting with it.

Life Cycle Analysis: Review the life cycle analysis technique and apply it to different products for different material options.

Material Selection: Review Ashby's model for material selection and examine this model for different material applications.

Polymer Structures: Review typical polymer molecules in terms of their chain structures, identify different molecular structures, stereoisomers, and copolymers. Examine spherulitic structures of semicrystalline polymers.

Composites: Review strengthening mechanisms for large-particle and dispersion-strengthened particle-reinforced composites. Review the different types of fiber-reinforced composites on the basis of fiber length and orientation and study the distinctive mechanical characteristics for each type.

Biomaterials: Review the application of biomaterials (metals, ceramics, polymers) that are used for implantable medical devices.. Examine their properties and composition for biocompatibility and osteointegration.

Material Processing: Review thermal processing of metal and polymers for different manufacturing processes including Additive Manufacturing, laser processing, injection moulding, casting, and forming.. 





Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Material Labs Practical Assignment 20 % End of Semester 1,2,5,7
2 In class written assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % Week 6 2,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Class Lectures 4 Weekly 4.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Material Lab experiments 4 Fortnightly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 6.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
Materials Science and Engineering Wiley

Module Resources

Other Resources

CeS Edu Pack - purchased by the collage for materials