MECH5504 Design and Failure Analysis of Materials

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is designed to address the failure and damage of materials and structures due to fatigue and cracking, and relevant methods used to prevent such failures. The unit covers topics including stress concentration due to crack-like defects; stress corrosion cracking; fatigue and cracking due to welding; fracture control and prevention. In addition, the unit covers design standards such as ASTM and relevant design codes, and materials selection to avoid fatigue and cracking.
Students are able to (1) identify types of material/structural damage associated with fatigue and cracking; (2) describe the mechanisms governing various types of fracture of materials due to fatigue and cracking; (3) provide plausible explanations to the underlying cause(s) of an identified problem; (4) apply various design equations against fatigue and cracking; (5) formulate a solution to rectify/prevent the identified damage; (6) describe relevant material testing methods for design applications; (7) locate and evaluate literature relevant to the unit content; (8) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (9) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) individual project assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Xiao Zhi Hu
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: MATE1412 Materials Engineering 1
(ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges, MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1, MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2, ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing
ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
MECH3405 Structural integrity
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
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