10 Credits AUTUMN

Cannot be taken with: MAT4610, MAT4620

Aims/Description: This unit discusses materials modelling and its application to the understanding and prediction of the structure and properties of materials. Computational workshops and a group project introduce students to the practical use of standard modelling methods. The overarching aim is to foster an appreciation for the relevant length and timescales of the available modelling tools, and knowledge of how to combine several of them to solve a multiscale problem in materials engineering. All the modelling tools are based on particle methods - either atomistic simulation or continuum simulation. The latter technique is different in formulation from the usual Finite Element or Computational Fluid Dynamics tools, but more versatile and powerful. This module will teach students some of the fundamental theory that underpins the methods, give them a sound understanding of the algorithms and structure used in the code, while providing ample examples of where they can be applied in the field of Materials Engineering.

Restrictions on availability: Cannot be taken with MAT4610, MAT4620

Staff Contact: HARDING JOHN H
Teaching Methods: Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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