Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: AERO5393

Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Bill Chau

Tel. +61 3 99254070


Nominal Hours: 60

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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

This repeat class is run in an intensive and focused tutorial format. Students are required to prepare themselves before they go to the class. For example, students are required to revisit and bring their previous handouts, assignments, examination papers and all other learning materials to the class and to jot down their questions orderly on paper for intensive and focused tutoring.

To support this kind of intensive and focused tutorial format, a range of learning materials such as audio visual, printed copy …etc. will be used as needed. One-to-one and small group instruction, discussion and illustration will also be included.

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

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 – Tutorial
Week 2 – Tutorial
Week 3 – Tutorial
Week 4 – Tutorial
Week 5 – Tutorial
Week 6 – Tutorial / Assessment 1 (25%)
Week 7 – Tutorial
Week 8 – Tutorial
Week 9 – Tutorial
Week 10 – Tutorial / Assessment 2 (25%)
Week 11 – Tutorial
Week 12 – Tutorial
Week 13 – Tutorial
Week 14 – Tutorial
Week 15 – Tutorial / Assessment 3 (Examination) (50%)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

PROC 5230 (VBP263) Apply Basic Principles of Materials Science to Engineering Applications.
RMIT publication


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. Assessment 1: Assignment (25%)
2. Assessment 2: Assignment (25%)
3. Assessment 3: Closed book exam (50%)

Assessment Matrix

1. Assessment 1: Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
2. Assessment 2: Learning outcomes 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15
3. Assessment 3: Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

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