ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit covers the fundamentals of material behaviour and engineering statics. The use of appropriate materials is critical to all engineering applications. The properties of a material are ultimately dependent on its microstructure and the behaviour of a material is dependent on how it reacts to, or interacts with, forcing conditions. External forces and moments applied to a structure must be safely accommodated through internal distribution of stress within elements of the structure. Material characteristics dictate how this distribution occurs. Fundamental equations of static equilibrium are used to calculate a structure's internal stress distribution, overall stability, and conditions under which failure will occur. This unit highlights the relationship between material behaviour and structural design, and the appropriate use of different materials for different engineering applications.
Students are able to (1) explain how interatomic bonding, geometrical atomic arrangements and atomic defects dictate important properties of solid materials. ; (2) describe common classes of engineering materials and their general chemical, physical and mechanical properties. ; (3) describe various mechanical properties, their effect on materials performance, and how they are measured.; (4) describe common forms of corrosion and their common mitigation strategies.; (5) draw free body diagrams of simple structures under different loading and support conditions; (6) apply Newton's first and third laws to analyse static equilibrium of simple systems; (7) calculate axial, shear and bending stress in simple structures and apply this information to assess strength of beams and bars; (8) analyse 2D truss structures using the method of sections and the method of joints.; (9) articulate technical concepts clearly and concisely in oral, written and visual forms.; and (10) work effectively in a team and take responsibility for team outcomes..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) projects (including peer assessment); and (3) mid-semester test and final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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)
Associate Professor James Doherty (Semester 1) and Dr Yimiao Huang (Semester 2)
Unit rules
(Mathematics Specialist ATAR
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist)
(Chemistry ATAR
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
(Physics ATAR
WACE Physics 3A/3B
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; information sessions: 2 hours per week; workshops: 2 hours per week
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