By the end of the course, you will be able to: Recognize the important aspects of the materials used in modern engineering applications.
Explain the underlying principle of materials science: “structure leads to properties,” Identify the role of thermally activated processes in many of these important “things” – as illustrated by the Arrhenius relationship. Relate each of these topics to issues that have arisen (or potentially could arise) in your life and work.
Week 1: Course Overview / The Menu of Materials / Point Defects Explain Solid State Diffusion
Week 2: Dislocations Explain Plastic Deformation / Stress vs. Strain -The “Big Four” Mechanical Properties
Week 3: Creep Deformation / The Ductile-to-Brittle Transition
Week 4: Fracture Toughness / Fatigue
Week 5: Making Things Fast and Slow / A Brief History of Semiconductors