10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This unit introduces students to manufacturing processes for further non-metallic materials: polymers, ceramics and glass. Whilst the first and second year mainly focussed on metallic and composite materials, students will expand their engineering knowledge in this module by encompassing non-metallic engineering materials and their significance in modern manufacturing technology. Starting from the composition and manufacture of the raw materials leading into how these are converted into various product forms, this will range from injection moulding, sheet, film and fibre processing for polymers; thermal and mechanical consolidation methods for ceramics; and plate manufacture of glass. The module will build on understanding of materials properties learnt in the first year by embedding the relation between structure, properties and performance throughout the module. Assessment is through coursework and lab work.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Classroom testing, Practical skills assessment

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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