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Materials Science Minor Descriptions

 

Minor in Materials Science (15 credits)

 

Students must complete ALL five courses to satisfy the requirements for a Minor in Materials Science.

 

Semester I

PHYS 2165       Materials Science I

PHYS 3164       Ceramics Science

PHYS 3166       Materials Science Laboratory (yearlong)

 

Semester II

PHYS 2166       Technological Materials (offered in 2018/2019)

PHYS 3165       Materials Science II (offered in 2018/2019)

 

* Credits for all yearlong courses are given at the end of the second semester only.

 

 

LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2165
COURSE TITLE: MATERIALS SCINCE I
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ANY NINE (9) CREDITS FROM: PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The scope of materials science, importance of studying materials, interdisciplinary nature of materials science, principal aim to relate properties to structure, brief historical survey, the basic classification of materials – metals, polymer, ceramics, alloys, composites with brief description of structure, properties and applications.

The Structure of Solids:Structure of atom, molecules, bonding, relationship between bonding and properties, thermal vibration and structure sensitivity, crystal structure, lattice parameters, crystal geometries, defects in materials, point defects, line defects, area defects, defects in polymers, strengthening mechanisms, alloys. Amorphous structure, microstructure, alloys and composites.

Phase Diagrams:Introduction, solubility limit, phases, microstructure, phase equilibria, unary and binary phases, interpretation of phase diagrams, lever rule, eutectic and eutectoid alloys (binary systems), Iron-Iron carbide phase diagram, influence of alloying elements.

Polymers:Introduction, various polymer materials, molecular weight distribution, synthesis, properties, crystalline polymer, amorphous polymers, applications, models for various polymers.

Properties of Materials:Electrical properties, thermal properties, magnetic properties, optical properties, mechanical properties.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3164
COURSE TITLE: CERAMICS SCIENCE
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 1215 AND PHYS 1216
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Definition and classification of ceramics; typical properties; engineering/industrial applications based on properties; crystal structure; raw materials; fabrication and processing; mechanical, thermal, electrical and magnetic properties; glasses; cement and concrete. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: II
SEMESTER: I
COURSE CODE: PHYS 2166
COURSE TITLE: TECHNOLOGICAL MATERIALS
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 2165 and PHYS 2294

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Earth Materials: Raw Materials, metals and their ores, importance of these materials, basic building blocks of earth materials, mineral chemistry, metal chemistry, glasses, ion conducting glasses, crystal structures, effect of temperature, pressure and environment on these minerals and metals

 

Material Extraction Processes: Importance of extraction, principles of extraction, crushing of ores, separation of ores: gravity separation, magnetic separation, froth floatation process, leeching, calcination, roasting, reduction of free metal: smelting, reduction of aluminium, self-reduction process, electrolytic reduction, cyanide method, refining/purification; liquation, distillation, poling, zone refining, Mond’s process, Van Arkel process.

 

Characterization: Structure of metals and minerals, methods to determine structure, metallography, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, phase diagrams, electrical properties and their variations with phases, physical property determination.

This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3165
COURSE TITLE: MATERIALS SCIENCE II
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 2165 and PHYS 2294

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Iron and Steel: Raw Materials, Iron ore, purification processes, steel, steel making, blast furnace, electric arc furnace, types of steels and applications, processing of steels, forging, dye formation,  extrusion, rolling, heat treatment. Steel phase diagram, isothermal phase transformations, cooling curves, properties and effect of impurities.

 

Testing of the Materials: Destructive Testing: Brinell’s test, Rockwell test, Vicker’s test (macro and micro), knoop test (micro), izod and charpy tests.

Non Destructive Testing: Visual, liquid penetration, eddy current, electric current perturbation, magnetic particle, ultrasonic testing, microwave testing, holography.

 

Microstructure of Polymers: Introduction to polymers, polymerization processes, crystallinity and amorphicity in polymers, microstructure of polymers, architecture, crystallization, mechanical and other properties of polymers, viscoelasticity, elastic after effect, stress relaxation, models for viscoelasticity and stress relaxation, dynamic response.

 

Composites: Introduction, different types of composites (particle reinforced, fiber reinforced, structural composites), microstructure of ceramics, mechanical and other properties of ceramics.

This course will be assessed through in-course assignments and a final examination.

 

Assessment:

Coursework (Two in-course tests @ 20% each) 40%

Final Examination (one 2-hour paper) 60%

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LEVEL: III
SEMESTER: I & II
COURSE CODE: PHYS 3166
COURSE TITLE: MATERIALS SCIENCE LABORATORY
NO. OF CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: PHYS 1110 AND PHYS 1111,
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1211, PHYS 1212, PHYS 1213, PHYS 1214, PHYS 121 AND PHYS 1216
OR ALL CREDITS FROM PHYS 1221, PHYS 1222, PHYS 1223 AND PHYS 1224

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Laboratory experiments and a field trip with site work are to be performed corresponding to the taught components of the Materials Science Minor. The students will be expected to perform the exercises and collect their data and depending on the complexity of the exercise will submit the written report at the end of the exercise or submit it the following week for assessment. This course will be assessed through in-course assignments.

* Credits for all yearlong courses are given at the end of the second semester only.

 

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