MLE1101



Introductory Materials Science And Engineering

Introductory aspects of materials science and engineering (i.e. structure, properties and function). Structure on the Atomic scale. Energy levels, atomic orbitals, molecular orbitals; Interatomic bonding, types of bonds (metallic, ionic, covalent, molecular and mixed); Structure of metals, ceramics and polymers. Basic quantum mechanics ideas and introductory band theory; Basic crystallography, imperfection in solids, point and line defects, non-crystalline and semi-crystalline materials, diffusion and diffusion controlled process; Correlation of structure to properties and engineering functions (mechanical, chemical, electrical, magnetic and optical). Discussion of examples for main materials categories (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and biomaterials).

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