Advanced Engineering Materials (MECH4310)


This unit of study aims for students to understand: how to define the relationship between properties and microstructures of advanced engineering materials; how to improve mechanical design with the knowledge of mechanics and properties of materials; how to conduct failure diagnosis of engineering structures.
At the end of this unit students should be able to: define structure-property relationships of advanced engineering materials; improve the performance of engineering structures through tailoring materials microstructure and manufacturing processes; conduct failure diagnosis of simplified failure cases of engineering structures.
Course content will include: advanced ceramics, superalloys, shape memory alloys and polymers, advanced polymer matrix composites, piezoceramic materials, thin film science and technology, advanced joining methods, processing-structure-property relationship, damage tolerance, structure integrity and reliability, toughening mechanisms.

Further unit of study information


Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 2 hrs/week; Laboratory 3 hrs/fortnight.


Through semester assessment (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge


This subject requires you to have a good understanding of basic knowledge and principles of various aspects for materials engineering UoS (e.g. 2nd & 3rd year Materials I and II, 2nd year Solids 1 and 3rd year Solids 2) especially those relevant to materials engineering and technology over the past 3.5 years.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.