Advanced Structural Ceramics - MSE 413
- To review microstructural aspects of the behaviour of major ceramic families such as alumina, silicon carbide, silicon nitride, zirconia and glass and contrast microstructural control aimed at increases strength with microstructural approaches aiming to improve toughness to offer a reference frame in which to understand current research and development
- To clarify the need for composites and to contrast the mechanical response of ceramic composites with that of monoliths
- To re-examine the general theoretical concepts underpinning the structural performance of materials developed in MSE.203 Mechanical behaviour with an aim to strengthen the students ability to apply the general principles to ceramics
- To explore the transitions in mechanical behaviour and relate these to the different micro-mechanism of deformation that act in ceramics so that students can judge how microstructure, time, scale and deformation rate can alter the response
- To explain the concepts underpinning the state-of-the-art methodologies, which can be used to design monolithic ceramic components with confidence
- To train students in fractography of ceramics
- To discuss high temperature ceramics, the various forms in which these materials are used such as coatings, fibres and composites and how they are made.
- To examine the fundamental quantitative factors that control stability, mechanical performance and damage accumulation under service conditions.
Ceramics and Glass - MSE 308
The overall aim of this course is to introduce students of the main methods and fundamental principles used for the processing of engineering ceramics (and, to a lesser degree, glass and glass ceramics) and develop an understanding of the factors that influence their mechanical properties. Furthermore, the course will give an introduction to microwave application of ceramics and discuss the electrodynamic response from dc to infrared frequencies and its correlation to the microstructure.