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Classes of materials and their properties in terms of strength, chemical stability, corrosion, elasticity, hardness, and applications. Stress-strain behaviour, Young's modulus, elastic deformation and failure modes.
Learning Outcomes (General)Students will be able to understand the concepts of categorizing materials and processes in the form of families, classes and sub-classes Students will gain an understanding of the different classes of materials and their typical attributes and propertiesStudents will be familiar the material class of polymers and gain a working understanding of their properties and processing requirementsStudents will develop a working understanding of material properties including mechanical, thermal, chemical and aesthetic properties and how to test themStudents will be able to match materials and design and how to understand and identify the relevant information for the material and process Students will be able to recognize and understand the environmental aspects of a material choice including life cycle assessments, end of life scenarios and recyclability
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Tim Huber
Materials library card assessment: 15% in total:• Students will be asked to select a material of their choice, research some of its key properties and applications and present their findings in the form of a postcard and through a short report. Due: End of week 12Laboratory assessments: 30% in total:• Report for Lab 1, 4 and 6 : 5 % each for Lab 1 &4, 8 % for Lab 6, due 1 week after lab session• Quizzes for Labs 3 and 5: 4 % each; at the end of each lab session• Lab hand in for lab 2: 4 %; at the end of the lab session
Goal of the CourseThe goal of this course is to provide students with a design-led introduction to material science to be able to isolate the requirements that materials must meet to perform in a design context. Students should be able to identify important material properties, understand the fundamental science behind those properties and use their knowledge to select a material suitable for a specific design.
Domestic fee $986.00
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.
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School of Product Design on the department and colleges page.