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New Resources for Introduction to Materials Class

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Materials Division Technical Session 3

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Hannah Melia Granta Design, Ltd.

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Hannah Melia leads the Teaching Resources Team at Granta Design and has responsibility for Materials Educational Resources. She has a degree in Materials Science and Metallurgy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Design, Manufacturing and Management from the University of Cambridge. She has worked in the United States and Germany on medical device design and technology transfer. Over the last 9 years she has interacted with academics that use CES EduPack around the world.

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Experience suggests that learning is better achieved by discovery for oneself than by passive listening. The aim of the CES EduPack Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Package is to allow students to explore the relationships between Processing, Structure and Properties. It includes curated data for the elements of the Periodic table, for engineering, bio and functional materials, and for shaping, joining and finishing processes. There is an animated tool to aid understanding of phase diagrams. Finally, it also includes a resource that focuses explicitly on process-structure-property relationships, which consists of seven unique sets of records for the properties of the same material in different processed states. The motive here is to stimulate discovery and pose questions: why does this property change in that way when the material is processed? Why is this other property left unchanged? Worked examples show what you can do with the package, and a set of “micro-projects” (with specimen answers for the Instructor’s use) prompt students to explore for themselves. We have trialled the package, which is currently in Pre-release form, with a small number of students and are now looking for feedback, particularly on the Interactive Phase Diagram Tool and the Active Learning “Micro Projects”. The paper will outline the work done so far, illustrate its features and solicit feedback.

Melia, H. (2018, June), New Resources for Introduction to Materials Class Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30840

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