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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

AVIA1010 Aviation Engineering Materials

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Professor WF Gale

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should:
- have gained insight into the structure of engineering materials;
- become familiar with structure-property relationships;
- have acquired initial insight into the role of materials in aircraft.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the structure and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.

They should have developed an ability to relate the structure and properties of materials to aerospace applications.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module the students will be able to understand:
- the definition of physical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites;
- their origin;
- the structure and property relationship;
- the calculation of properties from given information;
- how to apply the knowledge to aviation applications.

Other skills outcomes include Close Reading (Practiced and Assessed)


- Classification of engineering materials and description of bulk properties
- Atomic forces and crystal structures
- Elastic deformation and elastic deformation theory
- Description of material microstructures and their origins
- Plastic deformation and properties; strength, ductility, toughness
- Dislocation and slip theory
- Ductile and brittle fracture - fast fracture and introduction to fracture mechanics
- Fatigue failure (brief introduction)
- Creep deformation and rupture (brief introduction)
- Surface properties of materials (brief introduction)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Review of lecture notes each week
- Directed reading supporting lectures
- Revision for written test
- Online additional coursework and assessed exercises.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x Formative online assignment
1 x Assessed problem sheet

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentProblem Sheet20.00
AssignmentFormative Assignment0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:49:59


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