SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H720058
Module Leader Patricia Munoz de Escalona
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Engineering Materials (M1H106367)

Summary of Content

To provide an understanding of: the properties and heat treatment of alloy steels, cast irons and non-ferrous metals and alloys; surface hardening of steels; corrosion prevention methods; the main manufacturing processes for metals and polymers (Casting, forming, joining, machining and surfaces treatment that transform engineering materials into artefacts/components. Ability to select metallic materials and their manufacturing process for a given product.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Materials Technology This will include a study of the common types of engineering alloys and via a study of equilibrium phase diagrams, the main type of ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Structure and Properties Phase transformations that give the structure and properties and hence uses of the common alloy steels, cast irons and non-ferrous alloys. The thermal treatments required to obtain the structure suitable for specific applications. Applications of the common alloys within the range. Surface hardening techniques for steels used by industry with reference to engineering applications. Corrosion Prevention The study of the common methods of corrosion encountered in practise. Galvanic corrosion, anode and cathode reactions. Differential-aeration corrosion. Crevice corrosion. Corrosion due to internal stress. The industrial methods of corrosion prevention commonly used for ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Galvanising, cathodic protection, sacrificial protection, electroplating and anodising. Manufacture The main principles underlying the primary and secondary shaping processes for metals and polymers: forming, casting, machining (conventional and unconventional); Joining and surface finishing processes. Selection of materials and the most appropriate shaping and finishing processes using CES-EduPack software.

Learning Outcomes

"On successful completion of this module students should be able to:"1. Select alloy steels and cast irons and the appropriate heat treatment for a particular application.2. Select the appropriate surface hardening technique for a particular steel and application.3. Select non-ferrous metals and alloys for particular applications.4. Explain the principles of corrosion prevention and select appropriate corrosion prevention techniques for aprticularapplications.5. Specify appropriate meta/polymer manufacturing technique for a given product6. Utilise appropriate databases and software available for optimum Materials/Process selection within a set of design constraints

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Activities involving the use of e-learning tools and collabrative online international learning are included in order to provide new learning tools and new learning environment to prepare stuents to become global citizens. 3 labs in areas of phase diagrams, materials selection and corrosion will provide students with information to understand key concepts in the area of materials and manufacture.

Indicative Reading

"Engineering Materials 1 and 2": R.L. Timinigs, Longman. 2nd Ed. 2000 "Technology of Engineering Materials" : M. Philip and W. Bolton. Heinemann. 2002. "Properties of Engineering Materials" : R A Higgins and W. Bolton. Heineman 2005 "Materials Science and Engineering: An introduction " W.D. Callister. Willey. 6th Ed. 2003. "Materials for the Engineering Technician"; R A Higgins, 3rd Edition, Heinemann, 2004 "Manufacturing Engineering and Technology", S Kalpajian and S.R. Schmid , 6th Ed., Prentice-Hall 2010 "Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, M F Ashby, 4 th Edition, Butterworth Heinmann, 2011.

Transferrable Skills

Further enhancement of technical report writing, problem solving, group work analysis and design.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 70.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) n/a 30.00 35% School Exam ( 2 online Quiz + self- genarated questions) 30%
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 35% (Coil) 20%
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Related to Learning Outcomes.