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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Adv Eng Materials & Manufacturing Processes
Module Code MM409
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Garrett McGuinness
Semester 2: Garrett McGuinness
Autumn: Garrett McGuinness
Module TeachersGarrett McGuinness
David B. MacManus
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The objective of this module is to develop knowledge of and skills in analysing advanced materials, and processing routes. It exposes students to the more complex mechanics of composite systems, and provides opportunities to see how advanced materials characterisation methods can be used. The module is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and compulsory seminars.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify appropriate methods of advanced materials characterisation, discuss features and interpret data from a range of methods
2. Apply theories of composite mechanics under defined loading conditions to a range of composite structures
3. Perform heat and fluid flow numerical calculations to predict appropriate advanced casting process conditions.
4. Identify, describe and develop models for polymeric viscoelastic materials, and describe experiments to test these properties. Analyse and solve polymer engineering problems using linear viscoelastic models and the Boltzmann superposition principle.
5. Model forming loads, infiltration and permeability of porous structure processing steps including processes such as engineering ceramics, powder metallurgy and rapid prototyping
6. Carry out a literature search, and write a review approriately citing and listing sources.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial12No Description
Lecture24No Description
Seminars12No Description
Independent Study77No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Advanced Characterisation Methods
Interpretation of SEM, XRD, AFM, STM, IA and other advanced techniques

Composite Mechanics
Calculation of volume and mass fraction, composite stiffness, strength, ductility, transverse modulus, stress ratio and in-plane shear modulus.

Simulation of casting processes
Casting technologies, and governing empirical equations – including modelling

Polymer structure and properties; melt viscosity; crystalisation and melting; mechanical properties; linear viscoelasticity; Maxwell, Kelvin and generalized models; Boltzmann superposition principle.

Modelling of powder based processing
Ceramics: Ceramic Structure & Processing of ceramics; Properties of industrial technical ceramics; Research Trends. Modelling of powder pressing processes

Research Review
Key sources for materials and materials processing literature. Types of research projects and initiatives in this area.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayThe first assessment involves writing a review paper on research themes for a specific advanced material (agreed with the lecturer) for which library search, and writing skills are important.20%Week 6
Report(s)Students carry out an in-depth study of one characterisation methods (XRD, metallography, etc), and produces a poster on the principles, limitations and usefulness20%Week 11
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Date of Last Revision10-JUN-09

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