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INDS 230 - Introduction to Material Science

3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [CHEM 105  or PHYS 111  or PHYS 230 ]

This class is an introduction to the industrial uses of metals, polymers and ceramics. Course topics include structure and properties of materials, phase diagrams and thermodynamics of phases, testing of materials, elastic and plastic deformation, fabrication of materials and material selection.
OFFERED: spring semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Explain atomic and molecular structures as they apply to engineering materials.


1.1 Describe electron interactions in chemical bonding.

1.2 Classify materials as amorphous or crystalline solids.

1.3 Relate rules of Chemistry and Physics to formation of materials.

1.4 Contrast atomic level differences between metals, ceramics and plastics.

1.5 Explain the differences mechanical and physical properties.

1.6 List critical mechanical properties of materials.

1.7 Specify appropriate surface finishes.

Goal 2:  Relate system effects to friction and wear of manufactured parts.


2.1 Explain friction in terms of contact mechanics.

2.2 List the types of bearings.

2.3 Explain the function of lubrication in a machine.

2.4 Discuss the forms of wear.

Goal 3:  Classify testing methods for raw materials and manufactured parts.


3.1 Describe procedures for various metal hardness tests.

3.2 Discuss tensile properties of material in terms of stress-strain diagram.

3.3 Investigate testing methods for polymers and ceramics.

Goal 4:  Explain how polymerized organic materials form engineering materials.


4.1 Categorize polymers as Thermoplastic, Thermosetting plastics or Elastomers.

4.2 Compare salient features of different polymer families.

Goal 5:  Explain the composition and structure ceramics.


5.1 Describe the production of ceramics.

5.2 Compare properties ceramics, glass, carbon products and cemented carbides.

Goal 6:  Explain the basic types of metals and their differences.


6.1 Describe the production of steel.

6.2 List types of metals and their applications.

6.3 Discuss different alloying materials.

6.4 Detail various heat treat procedures for metals.

Goal 7:  Classify materials based on common failure modes.


7.1 List forms of wear.

7.2 Classify forms of corrosion.

7.3 Discuss typical means of preventing/reducing corrosion.

7.4 Discuss common ways to prevent mechanical failure.

Goal 8:  Select materials for manufacturing based on engineering and physical properties.

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