Course Title: Aerospace Materials 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

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

Sergei Eljaste
Ph. +61 3 99254668

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 purpose of this module is to provide competency based training on materials and materials related processes in the aerospace industry.
The module facilitates articulation into Aerospace and Engineering degree courses.

Teaching Schedule

Session 1: Atomic structure of materials. Properties of materials. Mechanisms of deformation of materials
Session 2: Creep and fatigue. Tests of mechanical properties.Mechanisms and effects of corrosion on metals. Measures of protection and anti-corrosion processes.
Session 3: Solidification of metals. Draw and analyse Phase/Equilibrium diagrams
Session 4: Non-ferrous metals. Composition of steel. Heat treatment of steel. Production methods.
Session 5: Classification of steels. Carbon and alloy steels. Cast iron. Welding processes.
Session 6: Non-metal materials. Plastics, Ceramics, Composites
Session 7: Unit Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Other Resources

Class notes

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

Evidence of student\s competence can be gathered using written quizes and the Unit Test.

Assessment will comprise:

6 Quizes                                 - 60%
1 Written test (open book)  - 40%

Assessment Matrix

Assessment                          Learning outcome

Quiz 1                                      1, 2, 3
Quiz 2                                       3, 4, 12, 13, 14
Quiz 3                                       6, 7, 15
Quiz 4                                       8, 9
Quiz 5                                       7, 10, 11
Quiz 6                                       1

Unit Test                                  1 - 15

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