Course Title: Automotive Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Automotive Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Fugen Daver

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6008

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.03.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course aims to enable you to develop an understanding of materials requirements for the automotive industry with particular emphasis on the light-weighting, safety and energy absorption, recycling, whole life cost and globalisation effects. Primary focus of the course is to provide a link between design, materials and manufacturing through a sound understanding of structure-processing-property relationship of automotive materials.

The course includes the following key topics:

  • Fundamentals for advanced manufacturing of metallic materials for Automotive applications – Phase diagrams, phase transformations and strengthening mechanisms
  • Aluminium alloys
  • Cast irons and steels
  • Titanium alloys and intermetallic alloys
  • Metal matrix composites and metallic glass alloys
  • Conventional manufacturing and additive manufacturing
  • Engineering polymers: Property/processing relationship; temperature, time dependency of physical properties
  • Composite materials
  • Materials selection and databases
  • Energy materials
  • Recycling and design for recycling; end of life issues.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1. Needs, Context and Systems

  • Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

2. Problem Solving and Design

  • Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team
  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

3. Analysis

  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

4. Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership
  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience
  • Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

5. Research

  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. select advanced materials for specific automobile components and applications 
  2. make use of state-of-the-art materials selection database 
  3. discuss and present your work within professional networks 
  4. simulate and test advanced materials in order to determine their structure and property relationships 
  5. select advanced materials for recycling and re-use while complying with the end of life legislations 
  6. apply life cycle analysis to the selection of advanced materials 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities throughout the course include: Pre-recorded lecture videos, problems, group project work, and laboratory experiments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include the electronic learning package, lecture videos and notes, class materials, recommended references, or other resources as advised by course coordinator. 

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Group Laboratory Project
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Assessment Task 2: Four Individual Assignments
Weighting 60% (4 assignments, 15% each)
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: End of semester time limited test within a time window
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLO 1, 5, 6