10 Credits AUTUMN

Cannot be taken with: AER330, MAT3332, MAT3333, MAT414, MAT630, MAT6331, MAT6333, MAT6361, MAT6362, MAT6373

Aims/Description: This course builds on the fundamental physical metallurgy of alloy steels, stainless steels, aluminium and titanium alloys to demonstrate the purpose and effect of alloying and its implications for the processing, microstructure and performance of structural aerospace components. The aim is to provide insight into the design and manufacture of steels for structural aerospace applications. Topics covered will include physical metallurgy, secondary processing, heat treatment, machining, fabrication and finishing of the main classes of alloy employed, as well as relationships between processing, microstructure and performance, and their implication for alloy design. The fundamental characteristics of aluminium, magnesium and titanium to demonstrate the purpose and effects of alloying and its implications for processing, properties and applications will also be discussed. It aims to provide an overview of the basic characteristics, processing, structure, properties and applications of engineering light metals and alloys. Applications and case studies are biased towards the automotive and aerospace indus

Restrictions on availability: Cannot be taken with AER330, MAT3333, MAT630, MAT6333, MAT6361 or MAT6362

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

Notes: The module is required for a degree accredited by the Institute of Materials.

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