Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1

National Competency Codes and Titles

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.

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.