ENME307-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Performance of Engineering Materials

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 4 March 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 20 May 2016


Modelling elastic and plastic behaviour. Mechanisms of ductile/brittle overload, fatigue, creep and corrosion. Linear elastic fracture mechanics. Prediction of remaining life due to fatigue, creep, corrosive environments. Fracture safe design and fracture control plans. Correlation between chemical, structural and physical characteristics of metals and plastics necessary for appropriate material selection, design and processing.

This course builds on the structure-property-processing-performance concepts introduced in ENME207 for metals and polymers.  The focus on performance in ENME307 will aid students in complex design tasks in other courses such as ENME311, ENME401 and ENME408.

Learning Outcomes

  • On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Predict elastic and plastic deformation response.
  • Apply brittle fracture safe design methods, including linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) e.g., leak-before-break.
  • Predict temperature effects on steels.
  • Calculate remaining life due to fatigue, corrosion, environmentally assisted cracking and creep.
  • Develop and apply fracture control plans.
  • Apply basic modeling concepts of viscoelastic materials to predict time-dependent properties (creep and relaxation), relaxation time.
  • Perform dynamic mechanical analysis as a method for experimentally determining thermomechanical parameters.
  • Perform analytical modeling and simulation of metal and polymer processing (injection molding, extrusion).
  • Apply concepts of manufacture of metals and polymers in mechanical designs



ENME457; ENME477

Course Coordinator

Milo Kral


Mark Staiger , Norman Dowling and Catherine Bishop

Lab Technician

Kevin Stobbs


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homeworks x 6 9%
Lab reports x 2 8% 2 Lab reports due in Term 1
Test 1 10 Mar 2016 13% Test covering course lectures up to and including L08 (in class time)
Test 2 07 Apr 2016 20% Covering L09 through L23 (in regular class time)
Lab reports x 2 15% Lab reports x 2 in term 2, each due 1 week after lab session (7.5% each report)
3 x bi-weekly quizzes 15%
Final Exam 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Dowling, Norman E;; Mechanical behaviour of materials ; 4th; 2012.

Recommended Reading

Dieter, George Ellwood; Mechanical metallurgy ; 2nd ed; McGraw-Hill, 1976.

Gerdeen, James C. , Lord, Harold W., Rorrer, Ronald A. L; Engineering design with polymers and composites ; CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006.

Hertzberg, Richard W; Deformation and fracture mechanics of engineering materials ; 4th ed; J. Wiley, 1996.

McCrum, N. G. , Buckley, C. P., Bucknall, C. B; Principles of polymer engineering ; Oxford University Press, 1988.

Powell, Peter C. , Ingen Housz, A. J; Engineering with polymers ; 2nd ed; Stanley Thornes, 1998.

Young, R. J., Lovell, P. A; Introduction to Polymers ;

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $901.00

International fee $4,863.00

* 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 .

All ENME307 Occurrences

  • ENME307-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016