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Unit information: Properties of Materials 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Properties of Materials 2
Unit code CENG20011
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Crewe
Open unit status Not open

CENG10001 Properties of Materials or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Aims: To gain an insight into the behaviour and properties of more common alloy systems, particularly steels. Also to understand the properties, mix design, testing and site practice involved in the construction of concrete.

Alloys: This section of the course covers fatigue analysis in uncracked bodies and the production of metals and their thermomechanical processing. Specific aims of the course are

  • Demonstrate how basic mechanics and S-N curves can be used to predict fatigue lifetimes in uncracked components.
  • Demonstrate how the physics of transformations dictates the heat treatments used in industry and how this alters material properties. There is a focus on aluminium, steel and related engineering alloys.

Concrete: Students are also introduced to concrete. Its manufacture, mix design and how it should be constructed on site. They are exposed to different testing methodologies.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will:

1. Use an SN curve to make predictions of fatigue life span in simple engineering scenarios.

2. Correctly apply corrections to adjust fatigue life in the presence of concentrators, mean stresses and variable loading

3. Be able to read phase diagrams and so anticipate the likely structure and properties of materials

4. Be able to create thermomechanical production processes for steel and diagnose the causes of failure in steel components

5. Explain the different processes involved in the manufacture and placement of concrete and how it affects the materials properties and long term performance.

6. Describe different methods of testing concrete properties both insitu and during manufacture and construction.

Teaching details

24 Lectures, example classes and experimental classes.

1 laboratory (optional)

1 field trip to view a concrete factory (optional)

Assessment Details

100% examination in May/June

Reading and References

  • Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction; Callister WD (and Rethwisch DG in later editions), Wiley, 2014
  • Engineering Materials 2; Ashby MF, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013
  • Concrete Practice, G F Blackledge, British Cement Association, 2008