Module Title:   Polymer Characterisation

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG4058D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Materials and Medical (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr C.S.wright,

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr P.Twigg, Dr AL Kelly

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide for the development and implementation of specialist knowledge/methods in the characterisation of materials properties and structure.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Interactive lectures present students with the core theory. Directed study and formative self-assessment is used to extend and consolidate this learning. Laboratory sessions are used to give practical experience of the applications, strengths and weaknesses of different characterisation techniques. Students undertaking supplementary assessment will be required to the deficiency in the original submission.

Lectures:   21.00          Directed Study:   153.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Display mastery of the principles of advanced materials characterisation.
1.2 Apply advanced skills to progress the boundaries of knowledge through research.
1.3 Show mastery in the application of knowledge

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Systematically select characterisation techniques
2.2 Apply and interpret complex characterisation techniques.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Interpret data.
3.2 Solve problems systematically using the scientific method

  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Coursework   50%
  Advanced Maerials Characterisation Report - 2000 word minimum

Outline Syllabus:
Light microscopy - reflected, transmission, confocal and polarising. Electron microscopy - scanning, transmission, environmental. Scanning microscopy - atomic force, tunnelling, near-field optics. Quantitative image analysis. Mechanical Properties. Tensile/compressive - pseudo-static, dynamic, uniaxial, biaxial, triaxial. Mechanical probe - hardness, nanoindentation, atomic force. Transport properties and process measurement. Rheological - viscometry, inline measurement (including laser and ultrasonic) Thermal -thermal imaging, thermocouples, pyrometry Thermo-mechanical - DMA, DSC, dilatometry. Powder - laser scattering, pycnometry. Chemical Analysis and Spectroscopy Atomic composition - WDX, EDS, x-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry. Molecular composition - Raman, infrared, chromatography.

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