[ME491-D] Materials for Mechanical Engineering
The purpose of this course is to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the behavior of engineering (solid) materials by emphasizing important relationships between internal structure and properties. It attempts to present a general picture of the nature of materials and the mechanisms that act upon, modify, and control their properties. The subject matter is meant to provide prospective scientists with sufficient background and understanding to appreciate existing materials and to exploit new materials development effectively in energy-related research and engineering. This course has three main parts. The first part treats the internal structures of perfect solids including metals, ceramics, and polymers. The second part deals with defects in solids as well as kinetic problems of diffusion, and connected mechanical properties. The third part covers basic concept of equilibrium in solids (phase diagram), phase transformations, and structure control. We also have optional chapters of material properties of solids including electrical properties showing the relation to the structure.