ENSC1004 Engineering Materials

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
Content
Fundamentals of Materials Engineering introduces students to the basic principles, structures and properties of engineering materials. The unit also covers: failure modes of materials; corrosion and degradation behaviour of materials; recycling of materials and sustainability in the context of recycle and reuse; and the impact of materials failure on society and the environment.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe common classes of engineering materials and their general mechanical and functional properties. ; (2) explain the relationship between stress and strain in metals, ceramics and polymers; (3) determine both the elastic and plastic properties of a material from tensile stress-strain curves.; (4) explain various failure modes of engineering materials and the appropriate design principles that may be employed to prevent in-service failure; (5) identify common forms of industrial corrosion and degradation of materials and appropriate mitigation strategies; and (6) discuss recycling of materials and the impact of materials selection on society and the environment.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) group project; and (3) examinations. 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 rules
Prerequisites:
(Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
and
(Physics ATAR
or
PHYS1030 Bridging Physics)
Incompatibility:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges
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