ENME207-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Materials Science and Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


Fundamental relationships between structure, processing, physical properties and performance for metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite and electronic materials.

This introductory course is intended for engineering students of all disciplines. The fundamental relationships between structure, processing and physical properties will be examined for metallic, ceramic, polymeric, and composite materials. This course will lay the foundation for the second professional year course ENME307 (Performance of Engineering Materials).

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of the course, the successful student:

    1) will be able to identify the major properties of the different classes of materials (metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, and electronic materials);
    2) will be able to recognize the interdependence of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials, and will be able to describe the important parameters that govern the relationships between these four categories;
    3) will be able to integrate fundamental materials science with laboratory synthesis and processing, as well as analysis of experimental data.
    4) will be able to communicate technical materials concepts with other engineers including through writing laboratory reports

    The lectures topics include:
  • atomic, crystalline and microscopic structure of metallic, ceramic, polymeric and composite materials.
  • crystalline defects and diffusion
  • mechanical properties and strengthening mechanisms
  • metal forming
  • fracture mechanisms and failure analysis
  • phase diagrams and kinetics of phase transformations
  • solidification processing of metal and plastics
  • materials selection

    The laboratories supplement the lectures with practical experience in observing and measuring the properties and behaviour of engineering materials.

    Lab 1: Introduction to Atomic Arrangement and Crystal Structure. This laboratory introduces students to tensile testing and property determination, atomic structure, and indexing XRD spectra. A structured worksheet is required for this lab.
    Lab 2: Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials. Students perform tensile testing of various alloys and impact testing of an Al alloy and a steel. The relationships between alloy microstructure and properties are explored. A formal laboratory report is required for this lab.
    Lab 3: Alloying and Phase Equilibria. Students construct an Pb-Sn phase diagram using cooling curves for various alloy compositions and sketch the resultant solidified microstructures. A structured worksheet is required for this lab.
    Lab 4: Microstructure Property Relationships in Brass. Students perform grain size and hardness measurements on cold rolled brass samples subjected to annealing at a variety of times and temperatures. Grain growth kinetics and the Hall-Petch effect are studied. A formal laboratory report is required for this lab.


Subject to the approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry



Course Coordinator

Catherine Bishop

Course Coordinator (Labs, Timetabling):
Dr. Catherine Bishop, Room E514, x92137, catherine.bishop@canterbury.ac.nz

Lecturer (weeks 1-9, 12):
Associate Professor Daniel Lewis, E504, daniel.lewis@canterbury.ac.nz

Lecturer (weeks 10-11):
Associate Professor Mark Staiger, E512, x92181, mark.staiger@canterbury.ac.nz

Laboratory Technician:
Mr Kevin Stobbs, Mechanical Labs at Warehouse, kevin.stobbs@canterbury.ac.nz

Teaching Assistants:
Mr Oscar Torres,    oscar.torresmatheus@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Ms Alice Young,     alice.young@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Mr. Shaun Mucalo, shaun.mucalo@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Mr Ryan Wilkes,     ryan.wilkes@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Ms Sarah Fitzpatrick, sarah.fitzpatrick@pg.canterbury.ac.nz
Mr Mark Stoffels,   mark.stoffels@pg.canterbury.ac.nz

Office Hours
Dr. Bishop: Open door policy.  To ensure my availability, email to make an appointment.
Dr. Lewis:  Open office hours from Monday-Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final exam 35%
Homework 10%
Laboratory assessments 20% 4 labs: 2 worksheets (2% each) and 2 full reports (8% each). Worksheets to be turned in at end of lab. Reports typically due at 5pm one week after the lab.
Quizzes 35% 7% each

Due dates for homework and laboratories are provided along with the assignment.  Lab worksheets are due at the conclusion of the lab.  Lab reports are due one week after the lab to the corresponding LEARN dropbox.  Turnitin originality detection software will be used to screen work for plagiarism.  Late submissions of homework and lab reports are eligible for 50% credit only.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Callister, W D; Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction ; 9th Edition; Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

You are required to do the assigned reading from the text.  You can buy the bound book, buy the binder-ready book, borrow copies from the library (6 books on 3-hour loan) or buy an ebook.

Electronic Resources

LEARN:  Lecture materials; lab worksheets, data, report instructions and electronic submission; administrative course information. (required)

WileyPlus:  Interactive materials, course electronic text, practice problems. (optional)

Piazza:  Course discussion between students, students and lecturers, answers to clarifying questions on homework and other assignments.  There are mobile apps for iOS and Android.  This provides a direct path of communication outside of e-mail for reaching the instructor

Gradescope:  Electronic grading of assignments will be completed using Gradescope.  This provides a rich environment for receiving feedback on your performance during the course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $919.00

International fee $5,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mechanical Engineering .

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