PROD211-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Materials Engineering and Selection

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


Performance of metallic, ceramic, polymeric, composite and electronic materials in a wide variety applications. The influence of materials processing on properties. Mechanical properties and strengthening. Solidification processing of metals and plastics. Corrosion. Application of the Granta CES Materials Selector software package to explore materials properties and select suitable materials for given design applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the effect of typical manufacturing processes on the properties of the processed materials and the physical designs that can be achieved through the use of each process.

  • Students will gain an understanding of waste streams in material processing and how waste generation can be minimised through valued added design

  • Students will be familiar with typical deterioration processes for all material classes and how they can avoided and/or integrated in a design process

  • Students will develop a working understanding fracture mechanism and the concept of fracture toughness

  • Students will be able to select and derive a material index suited for given engineering constraints (strength-, stiffness- or fracture limited design) and use Ashby material charts for the selection of optimal material

  • Students will be introduced to the CES Material Selector and its features and will learn how to use the software in a material selection for process for a given design

  • Students will learn to recognise and identify which production processes lie behind the creation of products and how these processes can be exploited as creative inspirations for their own future design projects.

Course Coordinator

Tim Huber

Course Administrator

Alison Lowery


Barro De Gast


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Design Assignment 17%
Laboratory Assignment 20%
Final Exam 20%
PC Lab Assessments 28%
Test 15%


The prerequisite for this course is PROD111 and either PHYS111 or PHYS101

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $956.00

International fee $5,250.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Product Design on the departments and faculties page .

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  • PROD211-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019