Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Materials 2

Module aims

This module develops an understanding, securely based on materials science, of various common failure modes, the reasons for their occurrence and how we seek to avoid failure by design. This module provides the tools and understanding to predict component failures under multiaxial loading conditions due to yielding, fracture, fatigue and creep mechanisms and to identify these failure mechanisms in practice, and to design against them.

ECTS units: 5

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Explain the basic dislocation behaviours in single crystals and polycrystals 

2. Explain the key strengthening processing in alloys  

3. Explain the common corrosion types and their mechanisms  

4. Discuss, using appropriate terminology, the factors leading to failure of materials and the procedures needed to avoid it

5. Solve problems involving the prediction of fracture, fatigue and creep failure of engineering materials under multiaxial stress conditions

6. Correlate possible failure modes with experimental conditions and material properties

Module syllabus

Strengthening of metals








Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). Short activities (using interactive pedagogies) will occasionally be introduced in the classroom setting to reinforce learning, for example through mentimeter and the like. You will be provided with problem solving sheets and should complete these as part of your independent study. Tutorials sessions will provide small group interaction with teaching staff where you are expected to engage in discussion on specific problems. 


Assessment details        
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   40%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 1.5 Hour exam 95% 40% Y
Examination Progress test 5% 40% N

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Catrin Davies