ME 330: Engineering Materials

Class Description:

Structures of polymers, metals, and ceramics as the basis for their mechanical behavior. Manipulation of structure through processes such as heat treatment and solidification. Mechanisms of material failure in service (yielding, fracture, fatigue, creep, corrosion, wear) and simple design techniques to avoid these failures. Strategies for material selection in design. Prerequisite: TAM 251, CHEM 102 or equivalent. Students may not receive credit for both this course and MSE 280, TAM 324, or CEE 300. (The latter two courses are cross-listed.) 4 undergraduate hours.


1. Mechanics of materials: properties of materials (mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical); bonding, properties and classification of materials, crystallography; dislocations and vacancies; work hardening and plasticity; forming processes (wire drawing, rolling, forging, annealing, recrystallization, grain growth)

2. Polyphase materials: phase diagrams, strengthening mechanisms, nucleation, diffusion and growth, heat treatment processes (solution, quenching and heat transfer, aging, IT and CCT diagrams, commercial processes)

3. Solidification: cast micro- and macrostructures, solidification processing (casting, solidification time, stresses of solidification), welding and joining processes

4. Polymers: polymer structure (Tg, crystallization, morphology, etc.), polymer processing (molding, extrusion), effect on structure

5. Composites: high performance fibers (glass, carbon, aramid), matrix materials and the role of the matrix, stiffness and strength estimates?aligned continuous fibers, fiber orientation and length effects, other composites, composites processing

6. Ceramics: ceramic microstructures, ceramics processing (particulate, slip casting, sintering, glass processing)


1. Hardness, strength and compression

2. Tensile stress-strain relations

3. Cold work and Annealing

4. Phase diagrams and Casting

5. Heat Treatment of Steel

6. Hardenability of Steels

7. Toughness and Impact

8. Welding and Allied Processes

9. Polymer and Composite Materials

10. Corrosion

ME:  Required.

EM:  TAM 324 required instead.



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