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CH5716   Processing of Materials

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module focuses on the processing of materials, ceramics in particular. Fundamental properties such as crystallinity, composition, crystal phase, phase mixing, domain structure, grains and grain boundaries, as well as porosity will be covered. The main methods used to control these properties in order to develop and improve materials for specific applications will be addressed. Processes such as calcination, sintering, annealing, plasma treatments, mechanical working, crystallisation and dopant addition will be addressed. A discussion will be made on the influence of these processes on specific ceramic systems using phase diagrams. Specific techniques for preparation of bulk and thinner components, including sol-gel method, casting, extrusion, physical and chemical vapor deposition, screen printing or tape casting will be discussed. The role of various aspects of materials processing and their influence on the material and its integration in practical devices will be addressed.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Undergraduate - Before taking this module you must pass CH2501 and pass CH2701

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 - 3 lectures per week over 9 - 10 weeks (within Weeks 1-11) and 2 - 3 tutorials in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 80

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof J T S Irvine, Dr C Savaniu