PROD211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Materials Engineering and Selection

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Performance of metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite and electronic materials in a wide variety applications. The influence of materials processing on properties. Mechanical properties and strengthening. Solidification processing of metals and plastics. Corrosion. Application of the Granta CES Materials Selector software package to explore materials properties and select suitable materials for given design applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the effect of typical manufacturing processes on the properties of the processed materials and the physical designs that can be achieved through the use of each process.
  • Students will gain an understanding of waste streams in material processing and how waste generation can be minimised through valued added design
  • Students will be familiar with typical deterioration processes for all material classes and how they can avoided and/or integrated in a design process
  • Students will develop a working understanding fracture mechanism and the concept of fracture toughness
  • Students will be able to select and derive a material index suited for given engineering constraints (strength-, stiffness- or fracture limited design) and use Ashby material charts for the selection of optimal material
  • Students will be introduced to the CES Material Selector and its features and will learn how to use the software in a material selection for process for a given design
  • Students will learn to recognise and identify which production processes lie behind the creation of products and how these processes can be exploited as creative inspirations for their own future design projects.


1) PROD111; and 2) either 15 points of MATH/EMTH at 100-level or 15 points of PHYS at 100-level

Course Coordinator

Tim Huber

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Barro De Gast


Design assignment - 35% in total:
Design report: Students will be asked to research their waste material as a raw material for the design of a new product. Details must be given on the supply chain, ideated concepts and a manufacturing plan for the model/prototype of a final design. Due at the end of first week of term break (20%)
Final design presentation: Students will be asked to present their final model/prototype in the form of a short video (15%) due at the end of term 2

Laboratory assessments - 16.5% in total:
• One report combining the findings from lab 1-4 (12%, due end of week 7)
• Quiz for labs 5 & 6: 4.5%; at the end of each lab session of lab 6

PC lab assessments - 18.5% in total:
• Labs Term 1: Product research due by the end of each individual lab session, 7.5 % in total
• Lab 1, 2: Exercises checked during lab hours, 1 % each
• Lab 3, 4 & 5: case study report, due 1 week after lab session, 3 % each

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Ashby, M. F. , Johnson, Kara; Materials and design : the art and science of material selection in product design ; 3rd edition; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014.

Ashby, M. F. , Shercliff, Hugh., Cebon, David; Materials : engineering, science, processing and design ; 2nd ed., North American ed; Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010.

Callister, William D. , Rethwisch, David G; Materials science and engineering : an introduction ; 9th edition ; John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014.

Muralisrinivasan, Natamai Subramanian; Basics of polymers : fabrication and processing technology ; Momentum Press, 2015.

Pfeifer, Michael; Materials enabled designs : the materials engineering perspective to product design and manufacturing ; Elsevier/Butterworth Heinemann, 2009.

Rosato, Donald V. , Rosato, Marlene G., Schott, Nick R; Plastics technology handbook ; Momentum Press, 2010.


The prerequisite for this course is PROD111 and either PHYS111 or PHYS101

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* 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 School of Product Design .

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  • PROD211-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020