Materials Science in Engineering

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Materials Science in Engineering

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course is an introduction to the science of engineering materials and the relationships between structure and properties. Topics include: Testing for strength, hardness, toughness, fatigue and creep. Interpretation of data. Elastic and plastic deformation of solids. Fracture. Visco-elastic and time dependent behaviour. The structure of crystalline, semi-crystalline and amorphous materials. Phase equilibrium diagrams, equilibrium and non-equilibrium structures. Heat treatment. Models of electrical conduction-development of band theory in metals, semi-conductors and insulators. Elements of corrosion science, deterioration and degradation of materials. The principles of reinforcement and design on the properties of composites. The selection of materials; and Case studies.

    36 lectures, 4 tutorials, 2 assignments.

    DP requirements: 35% minimum of class record

    Assessment: Class record (30%), June examination 3 hours (70%).

    Course Entry Requirements: CEM1008F or CEM1000W

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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