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Prereqs: CHEM 109 or 111; PHYS 212; MECH 223 or parallel.
Relation of atomic, molecular, and crystal structure to the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics.
This course is a prerequisite for: MATL 262
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 260 or parallel.
Engineering behavior of materials with emphasis on macroscopic properties; relationship between these properties, processing history, composition and microstructure. Introduction to the use of metallographic tools used in interpretation.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: CHEM 109 or 111; PHYS 212; MECH 223 or parallel.
Relation of atomic, molecular and crystal structure to the physical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, alloys, polymers and ceramics. Experience in investigation of properties of engineering materials.
Credit Hours: 4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MECH 325 and MATL 360, or equivalent.
Emphasizes those principles at the atomistic or molecular level that relate mechanical properties and behavior of different classes of materials to their structure and environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 360.
Application of scientific principles in the laboratory to the analysis of materials problems and selection of engineering materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MATL 462/862
Prereqs: PHYS 212.
Principles of crystallography. Production and properties of X-rays. Interaction of X-rays with atoms and the nature of diffraction (direction and the intensities of diffracted beams). Diffraction patterns and intensity measurements.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 360 or equivalent.
Principles of alloying; alloy selection; modification of the physical properties of structural alloys by thermal, mechanical, and chemical treatment; solidification and joining phenomena.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 360 and MECH 325; or permission.
Rational selection procedure for the most suitable materials for each particular mechanical design. Introduction of materials selection charts and the concept of materials performance indices. Case studies in mechanical design, taking materials selections, shape and process into account. Projects on materials selection at the design concept and the design embodiment stages.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MECH 200; MECH 325; MATL 360 or equivalent.
Basic principles of powder metallurgy, with emphasis on methods of producing metal powders, determination of their characteristics; the mechanics of powder compaction; sintering methods and effects; and engineering applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MECH 325; MATL 360 or equivalent.
Metallurgical tools for analysis of failures; types and modes of failures; sources of design and manufacturing defects. Case histories utilized to illustrate modes of failures and principles and practices for analysis. Design concepts and remedial design emphasized with these case studies. Several projects involving case analyses and design by students included.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: PHYS 212 and MATL 360.
Development of the principles controlling the formation of the structure of engineering materials. Phase diagrams, diffusion, interfaces and microstructures, solidification and diffusional transformation and diffusionless transformations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 360 and MECH 200, or equivalent; MATH 208 or parallel.
Materials thermodynamics of closed systems, introduction to liquid and solid solution alloys, relationship to gas phase, application to binary systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: PHYS 212.
Introduction to electron beam instruments. Electron interactions with materials. Basic aspects of electron diffraction, image formation and spectrum generation by materials. Acquisition and analysis of images, diffraction patterns and spectral data. Resolution and sensitivity limits of electron probe methods. Practical experience in the use of electron microscopes for characterization of materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MATL 472/872
Prereqs: MATL 360 or equivalent; MATH 221/MATH 821.
Kinetics of gas-liquid-solid reactions in alloy systems; analysis of diffusion models applicable to such systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MATL 473/873
Prereqs: CHEM 109 or equivalent.
Fundamentals of corrosion engineering, underlying principles, corrosion control, and materials selection and environmental control.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
MATL 474/874
Prereqs: MATL 360 and MECH 200 or equivalent.
Unit operations and processes utilized in production of ferrous, nonferrous, and refractory metals. Examples of production techniques for metal bearing ores, scrap metals, and domestic waste. Control of impurity and alloy content and their relationship to physical properties.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
The course introduces the optical and electronic processes in inorganic and organic molecules and polymers that govern the behavior of practical organic electronic and optoelectronic devices.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Investigation and written report of research into specific problems in any major area of materials engineering.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lab
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Graduate standing in engineering, physics, chemistry, or permission
Thin films play an important role in a myriad of applications ranging from magnetic recording media, architectural glass panels, and microelectronics to coatings for reduction of wear and corrosion in components on board the space shuttle. Includes: vacuum science and technology; pumping systems and instrumentation; thin film deposition techniques; surface modification techniques; characterization of thin film properties; microstructural, physical and mechanical properties; and comparisons of surface enhancement techniques in terms of suitability, performance, and cost.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 860 and 870, or permission
Principles underlying the processing and microstructure evolution in nonmetallic materials, particularly glasses and ceramics. Structure-property relations in ceramics for engineering applications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 860, 870
Utilization of certain aspects of applied elasticity, plasticity, and materials physics to explain the relationship between materials structures and mechanical properties. Includes review of various types of material failure and mechanical tests employed to predict behavior of materials with emphasis on metals.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: CHEM 882, MATL 860
Fundamental properties of defects in solids. Energy considerations for point, line, and plane defects. Equilibrium and nonequilibrium concentrations of defects and annealing theory. Mutual interactions of defects and formation of secondary defects. Interaction of defects with other perturbations of the crystal lattices.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: MATL 870, MATH 821 or equivalent
Applications of thermodynamic concepts to phase equilibria in materials systems. Systematics of solution theories and lattice modeling. Experimental methods; computer modeling in materials thermodynamics.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: CHEM 882, MATL 870
Classical nucleation theory, homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation. Precipitation studies in solids including transition precipitates. Kinetics of growth of precipitates. Diffusion controlled transformation process.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Advanced graduate standing and permission
Supervised non-thesis research and independent study.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission
Course offered as the need arises to teach advanced topics in materials characterization, processing, synthesis or properties not covered in other 900-level courses.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom