SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H726030
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 (GLA) (M1H124799)

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 percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning "Activity Type", is 55%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 15%, which is represented by Coursework 1.


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

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, tutorials, laboratory, work based case studies and video. Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning to the workplace. 3 Labs in the areas of phase diagrams, materials selections and corrosion will provide students with information to understand key concepts in the area of materials and manufacture. The students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the work place and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment.

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 35% WORK BASED ASSESSMENT
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Related to Learning Outcomes.
Exam (School) n/a 30.00 35% 2 ON-LINE QUIZ ( SELF-GENERATED QUESTIONS)