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Ceramic Matrix Composites: Www Based Courseware And More

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.135.1 - 3.135.8



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N. Yu

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Peter K. Liaw

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Session 1526


N. Yu, P. K. Liaw Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science/ Department of Materials Science and Engineering The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, U.S.A.


A senior-level undergraduate course, entitled "Introduction to Ceramic Matrix Composites," and an introductory graduate-level course, entitled "Ceramic Matrix Composites: Materials and Mechanics," have been recently developed at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. Both courses, cross-listed under Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Science, are interdisciplinary in nature and are available as technical electives for all engineering students at UT.

WWW-Based Courseware

A well-written textbook on ceramic-matrix composites is presently not available since the technology breakthrough in ceramic-matrix composites did not come until about twenty years ago. The research results on the processing, characterization, modeling, and applications of ceramic-matrix composites are published in a wide variety of journals, conference proceedings, and reports. Thus, the learning and teaching of such innovative subject matters is extremely challenging. In recent years, however, modern computer technologies, such as hypermedia (i.e., hypertext techniques incorporated with multimedia resources), open a new avenue to the effective learning and teaching. For example, when students read on-line hypermedia documents, they can click key subjects or key words for computer-activated cross references that contain detailed information about the topic the students just selected. This will enable the students to quickly access the desired information rather than thumbing through several journals, conference proceedings, and/or reports on their desks. The selected information may be implemented locally by instructors or generated, on Internet, by other professionals. This format of instructional presentation further provides a wider variety of the types of information that can be presented (for example, multimedia and/or interactive delivery). In addition, it provides a permanent record of the lecture/discussion that can be retrieved/reviewed by the student as well as instructors for further clarification and modification.

As the present curriculum on ceramic-matrix composites is being developed under the support of National Science Foundation's Combined Research-Curriculum Development (CRCD) Program, multimedia and interactive courseware has been implemented simultaneously on World Wide Web (WWW); Figure 1. The courseware, located at, consists of (1) instructors’ handout in the form of text, color three-dimensional figures, and color pictures, (2) animation/simulation, (3) short video clips with audio effects, (4) homework/exercises, (5) on-line teaching evaluation forms, (6) syllabi, and (7) papers and reports on the progress of the present CRCD project.

Yu, N., & Liaw, P. K. (1998, June), Ceramic Matrix Composites: Www Based Courseware And More Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--6955

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