The module aims to develop depth of knowledge in the areas of polymer science, composites technology and structure/property relationships in ceramics. The main focus will be to develop qualitative and conceptual understanding with emphasis on mechanical and physical properties. The module will develop concepts introduced in 'Properties and Applications of Materials' - semester 1.
The polymer course will begin with an introduction to the means by which polymers can be produced and move on to consider the range of possible morphologies. Thermal transitions such as crystallisation and melting will be introduced as will the effect of crystallinity on mechanical properties. The use of polymers as matrix materials in fibre reinforced composites will also be introduced in the composites course. The content will develop a number of concepts introduced in the polymer course. Sources of fibre and resins will be outlined and the material known as 'pre-preg' introduced. The effect of fibre orientation will be quantified and the concept of lamination described.
The ceramics course aims to develop a conceptual understanding of how both the atomic structure and the microstructure of a ceramic material influences its behaviour and properties, with the main focus being on its mechanical and physical properties.