Smart Materials (MECH5305)


Develop an essential understanding of structure-property relationship of smart materials, as well as their applications in practical applications; develop student's capability to design functional structures using smart materials; and provide students an opportunity to learn the new knowledge through project approaches.
The unit of study covers the key knowledge of most smart materials such as dielectric, piezoelectric, magneto-electric and shape memory materials. Each student participates in a couple of group projects relevant to characterisation of structure-property relationship of functional structures with desired performance. Under the guidance of the supervisor, students will learn how to develop a proposal, how to do the project investigation and how to prepare and carry out the technical communications (writing and oral). In any of these scenarios, the student is directly responsible for the progress and quality of the results. At the end of the semester, the student is required to submit a written project report and to give a seminar presenting the aims and achievements of the project.

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Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratories


Through semester assessment (100%)

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Unit of study rules


(AMME9301 OR AMME5301 OR AMME2301) AND (AMME9302 OR AMME5302 OR AMME2302 OR AMME1362)

Assumed knowledge

Fundamental knowledge in materials science and engineering: 1) atomic and crystal structures 2) metallurgy 3) structure-property relationship 4) mechanics of engineering materials 5) solid mechanics

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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.