Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: AERO5393

Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Steven Bevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4137

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Rodda
Phone 9925 4973,
Administrator: Karen Barnes

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1

Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide training on materials and materials related processes in the aerospace industry.
This course provides an introduction to the nature, mechanical and structural properties of materials, metals and their alloys, including metal deformation, material selection and inspection, corrosion, its affects and its prevention.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH144 Aerospace Materials 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the structure, foundation and characteristics of aerospace materials at atomic level.
2. Explain the criteria for defining the mechanical properties of materials.
3. Describe the mechanical properties of metals, and conduct and analyse tests of mechanical properties.
4. Describe creep and the effects of creep.
5. Describe the mechanisms that result in the deformation of metals.
6. Draw and analyse phase/equilibrium diagrams and explain related terms.
7. Using words and diagrams, explain and compare the properties and structure of commonly used metals and their alloys.
8. Explain in words and diagrams the crystal growth process of metals and the effect of strengthening mechanisms on the crystal structure.
9. Explain the processes and effects of heat treatment of metals.
10. Explain the processes and characteristics of soldering, brazing and welding.
11. Explain and interpret material inspection processes and data.
12. Explain the effects of corrosion of metals used in aircraft construction and conduct tests to identify different types of corrosion.
13. Explain corrosion fatigue and measures for prevention.
14. Describe the anti-corrosion processes used in design and those used to protect metallic surfaces.
15. Describe modern metallic production methods.

Details of Learning Activities

The material covering the course will be presented by lectures, videos, and discussions.  The lecture notes will be progressively posted on the S-drive.

There will be exercises on the material covered each class.  These will be performed in class, but will also be available on the S-drive.

Optional multi-choice exercises will be posted on the S-drive.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Atoms; bonding; crystal structure

Week 2: Freezing of metals, segregation; annealing, diffusion

Week 3: Equilibrium diagrams, copper-nickel

Week 4: Equilibrium diagrams, lead-tin

Week 5: Alloys, hardness and hardness testing

Week 6: Deformation of metals; hot and cold work; annealing

Week 7: Tensile testing, stress concentration, and impact testing

Week 8: Steel; phases, properties, designations

Week 9: Heat treatment of steel

Week 10: Heat treatment of steel; quenching and tempering, surface hardening

Week 11: Tool steels, stainless steels, cast iron

Week 12: Corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion protection 

Week 13: Aluminium and its alloys; wrought alloys

Week 14: Heat treatment of aluminium alloys; cast aluminium alloys, copper alloys

Week 15: Magnesium, titanium, and nickel alloys; creep

Week 16: Soldering, brazing and welding; NDT, fatigue testing

Week 17: Examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Higgins, R A., Materials for Engineering Technicians, 4th ed., English University Press, London, ISBN 0340123842 Callister, W D and Rethwisch, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction 8th ed., Wiley, ISBN978-0-470-41997-7

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To successfully to complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing practical tasks to aerospace standards.

Assessment Tasks

1.  A written closed-book examination at the end of the course (60%)

2. Three exercises on phase diagrams worked on in class (10% if completed satisfactorily)

3.  A written assignment on tensile testing (10% if completed satisfactorily)

4.  A written assignment on getting material data from the internet and using the information obtained (10% if completed satisfactorily)

These 4 assignment tasks must ALL be passed to pass the course.  that is, you must obtain 50% of the marks available for the exam and satisfactorily complete the 3 exercises and the 2 assignments ro pass the course.

5.  Short quizes, exercises, or crossword puzzles  worked on in class (10% if 80% of the exercises are completed satisfactorily).  These are not compulsory, but will help you to learn the material and gain marks.

Assessment Matrix

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