Learn about the properties of a range of materials used in engineering, and explore their atomic structures, relevant processing, and potentials for usage during this foundational Engineering Materials unit, offered by Open Universities Australia and the University of South Australia. Acquire an understanding of everything from crystal structures and the nature of bonding, to the mechanical properties of a range of materials.
Gain familiarity with the properties and characteristics of some of the primary groups of materials used in engineering, including metals and metal alloys, polymers, composites and ceramics. Discover how these groups of materials respond to stress, and develop the ability to identify and recognise common failure types. Failure prevention methods and strengthening mechanisms will be discussed in depth.
It’s recommended that you have completed the following unit, or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:
Fundamentals to Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:
Associate Degree in Engineering
Areas of study
In this engineering unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction, classes of materials and chemical bonding
Crystal structure and diffusion
Metals and alloys
Advanced materials and biomaterials
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Associate Degree in Engineering at the University of South Australia
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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The knowledge accumulated during this unit will be highly beneficial to students who wish to pursue careers within a variety of fields of engineering. You will develop an understanding of the links between the structures of engineering materials and their properties, processing and usage.
Develop an understanding of common failure types, and gain capabilities in evaluating methods of preventing failure. Strengthening mechanisms will also be discussed. Knowledge of these concepts will be essential throughout your educational pursuits within the field of engineering, and will be exceptionally useful to those who intend to pursue careers in engineering.
The assessments and learning objectives for this unit will require you to develop practical skills, as well as an in-depth theoretical understanding of the structure of materials.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Engineering Materials from the University of South Australia.
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