2016 Mechanical Materials

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Yoshino Masahiko  Akasaka Hiroki  Yamamoto Takatoki  Yamazaki Takahisa 
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Course description and aims

In this course, the instructor covers various characteristics of materials from a microscopic and macroscopic point of view.
Specifically, the instructor lectures on the evaluation method of material characteristics, the material-strength, crystal structure, dislocation, equilibrium phase diagram, and characteristics and applications of practical steels, non-ferrous materials, and non-metal-materials.

Understanding the basic nature of necessary materials when manufacturing a machine and a building is indispensable.
Choosing materials based on knowledge about material characteristics is necessary in designing machines.
The aim of this course is to have students obtain fundamental knowledge of materials which are necessary for mechanical engineers.

Student learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge about the basic properties of materials which are necessary for manufacturing machines and mechanical structures. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of materials such as steel & iron, nonferrous metals, and non-metal materials.


Crystal structure, metal, phase diagram, steel & iron, non ferrous metals, non metal materials

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures cover basic to advanced content.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Why does the mechanical engineering need materials technology?
Class 2 Basic characteristics of materials, mechanical properties, and measuring methods Do you understand the basic characteristics of the material?
Class 3 Material strength and stiffness, and safety design Do you understand the material strength and the safety design?
Class 4 The characteristics of metals, the crystal structures of metals Do you understand the characteristics and the crystal structure of metal?
Class 5 Dislocation Do you understand dislocation?
Class 6 Equilibrium phase diagrams Do you understand the equilibrium phase diagram?
Class 7 Microstructure Do you understand microstructure?
Class 8 Steel and iron Do you understand the properties of steel and iron?
Class 9 The structural steel, the specialty steel Do you understand the properties and applications of practical steel materials?
Class 10 The stainless steel and the high-alloy steel Do you understand the properties and applications of stainless steel and high-alloy steel?
Class 11 Nonferrous metal materials Do you understand the properties and applications of the nonferrous metal materials?
Class 12 Non-metal materials Do you understand the properties and applications of the non-metal-material?
Class 13 Functional materials Do you understand the properties and applications of functional materials?
Class 14 The selection methods of mechanical materials Do you understand selection methods of mechanical materials ?
Class 15 Summary Do you understand the mechanical materials from the basic principle to applications ?


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Assessment criteria and methods

Based on test (about 70%) and reports (about 30%)

Related courses

  • MEC.G311 : Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering
  • MEC.G331 : Production System Engineering

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