June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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An Introductory Teaching Resource for Materials Science and EngineeringThe academic areas of Materials Science and Materials Engineering have different emphasis atdifferent Universities. Some would argue that the former is more focused on understandingmaterials (why) while the latter is more focused on making use of them (how). Another way oflooking at these areas is that they emphasize the microscopic (or even nanoscopic) aspects ofmaterials or the macroscopic aspects, respectively. Together, they constitute an important part ofmany engineering programs and may therefore be treated jointly as Materials Science andEngineering. In this paper, we have investigated a number of Curricula and Syllabi to identify alist of topics/concepts that appear central to the learning objectives of Materials Science andEngineering. Among the top candidates were: characteristic material properties of the mainmaterial groups, modification of microstructure by various (thermal/mechanical) processes,binary phase diagrams, and materials analysis and testing.Working in a project involving Students of Engineering and Materials Science, databases weredesigned containing facts and visual information for the purpose of introductory materialsteaching. A non-exhaustive review of existing teaching resources for these areas reveal that manyare highly specialized on one topic (e.g., crystallography) or one group of materials (e.g., metals).We are therefore exploring the possibilities to integrate several of the core themes mentioned inthe list above, to facilitate assignments, projects or self-directed studies in Materials Science andEngineering. A standard materials selection software was used as a starting point, since it offeredcomprehensive material property databases and the possibility to add tailor made data records andentire data tables. Furthermore, links between e.g., heat treatments, phase diagrams andmicrographs can be set up.A few examples of data records and tools, the results of a survey and a focus group responding toa non-complete explorative version of the database are discussed and experiences are shared overthe Materials Community with the aim to get feed-back and inspire educational ideas.
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