Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Next course runs in 2019, date TBC

This course is for anyone wanting to acquire an overview of materials science and engineering. It is taught at postgraduate level so will be of maximum benefit to delegates with industrial experience of materials and/or degree-qualified engineers, chemists and physicists who interact with materials scientists/engineers or who are moving into the materials area. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion with lecturers and other delegates.

Provisional syllabus

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Overview of the course

The lecture content is grouped into four blocks dealing with fundamental principles, specific classes of materials, characterisation techniques and application related topics, as outlined below:

  • Crystal Structures
  • Defects
  • Fundamental Properties of Materials
  • Functional Properties of Materials
  • Structural Properties of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Phase Equilibria
  • Steels
  • Light Metals
  • Introduction to Engineering Ceramics
  • Composites
  • Structure and Properties of Polymers
  • Processability of Polymers
  • Characterisation of Materials
  • Corrosion
  • Surface Engineering
  • Joining
  • Materials Selection
  • Sustainability

The course will provide

  • a systematic understanding of the different classes of engineering materials, their key properties and their principal application areas
  • a knowledge of the major techniques used to characterise materials and evaluate their properties, including the quantitative treatment of data where appropriate.
  • an appreciation of the importance of processing-microstructure-property relationships through the use of illustrative examples

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • describe and account for the structure, processing routes and key properties of the main classes of materials
  • explain how materials are characterised
  • construct processing-structure-property relationships for existing and potential materials.
  • assess the suitability of a material for a given purpose, using quantitative analyses where appropriate

Required reading

Extensive course notes are supplied.

The recommended reading books are:

Ashby MF and Jones DRH,
Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to their Properties and Applications,
4th ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011. (ISBN 978-0080966659)

Ashby MF and Jones DRH,
Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design,
4th ed, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2012. (ISBN 978-0080966687)

Recommended background reading

The library has a wide range of textbooks that support the Materials Science and Engineering curriculum, including:

Callister WD Jr,
Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction,
9th ed, John Wiley & Sons, 2013 (ISBN 978-1118324578)
Callister, WD and Rethwisch, DG
Materials Science and Engineering
9th ed, John Wiley & Sons, 2014 (ISBN 978-1118319222)

Course Directors

The joint course directors are Dr Mark Whiting and Professor Robert Dorey, who is a Chartered Engineer & Scientist. They will be joined by colleagues from across the University of Surrey’s materials activity.