Properties, Performance & Failure of Engineering Materials

Course #MS3202

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


The purpose of this course is to advance the students' understanding of the fundamentals of materials science, while putting that understanding in the context of the behavior of materials in engineering applications. Contemporary developments in engineering materials such as composites, ceramics and polymers are considered, as well as traditional engineering alloys such as steels and aluminum alloys. Performance and failure histories of materials in service will be studied, as well as conventional textbook subjects. Examples pertinent to Naval, Aero and Combat Systems Science are emphasized. Topics include mechanical properties, fracture, fatigue, failure analysis and corrosion. 


  • MS2201

Learning Outcomes

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(Specific Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)


At the completion of the course students will be able to:

·       Write a failure analysis plan for a failed structural component.

·       Describe the concept of ductile-to-brittle-transitions in carbon steel and the technological importance thereof.

·       Be able to metallographically prepare a specimen for optical and electron microscopy.

·       Identify, by name and composition, the most common and important metallic alloys.

·       Use Mohr’s circle to calculate the relationships between complex stresses.

·       Quantitatively predict fracture in metallic and ceramic components using linear elastic fracture mechanics.

·       Describe and differentiate between the fundamental types of corrosion, the chemistry and physics that control them, and basic means of mitigating them.

·       Quantitatively predict fatigue failures from either a stress-cycle approach or a crack growth rate approach.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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