SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H324923
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module develops the skills required for material selection for piping and accessories, pressure vessels and other components for process systems. The module will also provide the basic theories of corrosion and unde rstanding of corrosion prevention. Further it develops the skills in fabrication technologies such as welding, pipe fitting and the common methods of non-destructive testing.


Review of properties, composition and application of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Introduction to composite materials and the different types of composites used. Properties of ceramics and the different types of ceramics used. Response of the materials to steady and dynamic loading; thermal expansion and thermal shock. Corrosion of metals and environmental degradation, mechanism of corrosion; galvanic corrosion, anode and cathode reactions, crevice corrosion, corrosion due to internal stress. The industrial methods of corrosion prevention commonly used for ferrous and non-ferrous alloys; Galvanising, cathode protection, electroplating and anodising etc. Common non-destructive testing techniques, such as dye penetrant; magnetic crack detection; eddy current testing; ultrasonic testing and radiographic techniques. I ntroduction to the major fabrication techniques and pipe fitting applications; fastenings; assembly; clamping; plumbing. Hydrostatic testing; flow line pigging and flushing; stringing of pipes. Introduction to joining techniques; adhesive bonding and welding. Gas welding and cutting. Electric arc welding; tungsten inert gas welding (TIG); metal inert gas welding (MIG); submerged arc welding. Selection of welding rods; welding specifications; welding inspection and quality procedures.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, the student should be able to:1. Summarise the types of modern materials in use and their applications as applicable to process industries. (AM1)2. Describe the concept of corrosion with metals and differentiate the principles of various methods of controlling corrosion. (AM1, AM2)3. Analyse pipe fitting techniques and pipe testing methods. (AM1, AM2)4. Apply knowledge and skills into various welding techniques, electrode classification and process specifications. (AM1, AM4)5. Analyse various codes and standards followed in welding and pipe fitting processes. (AM2, AM4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A basic lecture approach, supported by tutorial sessions, suitably structured seminars and laboratory work.

Indicative Reading

Higgins R A, Properties Of Engineering materials, 2 nd Edition: Edward Arnold. Richard L Little, Welding & Welding Technology: Tata McGraw Hill B Hull & V John, Non-Destructive Testing: MacMillan Education

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving, Independent working, knowledge and understanding in the context of subject

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 42.00
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Coursework 1
Exam (Exams Office) 1.50 50.00 45% Final Examination 50%(Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term Test 20%(Unseen written - 1 ½ Hours)