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Students will learn about the mechanical behaviour and structure of materials, from the continuum modelling of properties to the microscopic origin of the behaviour with reference to available and appropriate multiscale modelling techniques.
The subject will cover the microstructure‐property relation in elastic and plastic deformation, timedependent deformation (creep)
and failure in materials with emphasis on engineering materials. The diverse mechanical behaviour will be discussed for different
materials classes, including metals, functional materials, architectured materials, composites and polymers.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Illustrate the origins of materials' strength.
- Explain the structure-property-processing relation in the mechanical behaviour of materials.
- Explain linear elastic properties of materials.
- Explain multiscale character of plasticity and failure in materials.
- Establish links between theoretical concepts and observed phenomena; identify problems and formulate informed solution strategies.
- Recommend appropriate models for mechanical strength.
- Interpret materials failure and deduce the cause of failure.
- Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in an interdisciplinary field.
- Describe contemporary issues in the research on mechanical behaviour of materials.
- Capacity for independent thought.
- Ability to apply knowledge of engineering science and engineering methods to solve complex problems.
- Ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding.
- Gain proficiency in materials engineering.
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
Last updated: 10 November 2023