Principles of Mechanical Eng. Materials

This is a core module that introduces the fundamental principles of materials science, with emphasis on understanding and appreciating the structure and properties of materials common in mechanical engineering. Topics include atomic structure and inter-atomic bonding, the structure of crystalline solids, imperfections in solids, diffusion, phase transformations, mechanical properties, deformation and strengthening mechanisms, failure and environmental degradation of materials. Practical applications will be demonstrated through laboratory experiments and a group case study to reinforce the concepts taught during lectures.

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