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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5715M Metals and Alloys

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor Andrew Mullis

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


The objectives of this module are;
- to apply a knowledge gained of the processing-microstructure-property relationship to the design of alloys for structural applications;
- to illustrate the state-of-the-art in some conventional structural alloys and show how research has, and continues, to inform the design of these materials;
- to develop the student's understanding of this process.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:
- understand the principles of physical metallurgy and their application to the design of alloys for engineering applications;
- understand the historical development of metals and alloys to satisfy the needs of different industrial sectors;
- understand the traditional limitations on the properties which may be obtained in particular metals and how metallurgists may seek to circumvent these;
- be able to recognise and interpret microstructures in a range of metals and alloys and account for their development;
- understand the exploitation of the process-microstructure-properties relationship in the design of structural alloys with an appropriate combination of properties;
- understand the basis of the designation of engineering alloys in different systems and the equivalence between these;
- be aware of current research developments in metallurgy and its potential impact on design and technology;
- survey and critically evaluate scientific literature.

Skills outcomes


Metals and Alloys
Introduction to metals and alloys; classification of ferrous alloys; strengthening of iron; plain carbon steels - transformations close to and far from equilibrium; alloying in steels; stainless steels; cast irons; physical metallurgy of titanium alloys; physical metallurgy of nickel alloys; wrought aluminium alloys.

Advanced Alloy Design
Interstitial solutions in iron; microalloyed steels; low alloys steels; TRIP, TWIP and Q&P steels; precipitation hardening steels; alloy cast irons; properties and applications of titanium alloys; nickel alloys, aluminium alloys; copper alloys; magnesium alloys; low melting point alloys.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent on-line blended learning which consolidates and extends their knowledge of the principles of physical metallurgy and the industrial application of different alloys beyond the lecture material and allows students to assess their progress via integrated quizzes (40 hours).
Revision in preparation for tests (24 hours).
Preparation of microstructure file based on practicals (42 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Performance in formative self-evaluation tests and regular, summative tests.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentClass test 110.00
In-course AssessmentClass test 310.00
In-course AssessmentClass test 410.00
In-course AssessmentClass test 510.00
In-course AssessmentClass test 210.00
Assignment32 page microstructure file50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 28/04/2023 14:55:30


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