Module code: ENG1101

Module Overview

The materials element of this module provides an introduction to a range of common material properties and outlines major classes of materials. The statics part of the module introduces the basic principles of statics and provide an introduction to elementary strength of materials (direct and bending stresses).

Module provider

Sustainability, Civil & Env Engineering

Module Leader

BOND Thomas (Sust & CEE)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 65

Lecture Hours: 17

Tutorial Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 22

Captured Content: 35

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

1. Materials

1.1 Mechanical properties of materials

  • Stress-strain behaviour: Stress and strain  definitions. Elastic, plastic and visco-elastic behaviour. Stress/strain behaviour for metals, ceramics and polymer. Property data (modulus, yield strength, proof strength, tensile strength, ductility, toughness). Structure-property relationships.

  • Materials property charts and engineering examples.

  • Overview of fracture and durability (fatigue, creep) of materials.

  • Fracture mechanics: Definition of terms. Stress concentration. Stress intensity factor. Fracture toughness and toughness.

  • Fatigue: Definition of terms. Cyclic stresses, Fatigue S-N curves. Fatigue crack growth.

  • Creep: Definition of terms. Classical creep curve, Steady-state creep model, Creep failure.

  • Oxidation: Linear and parabolic rate laws. Mechanisms of oxidation (diffusion). Effect of temperature.

  • Wet corrosion: Simple chemical cells. Standard electrode potential and galvanic series. Differential aeration. Controlling corrosion in engineering structures.

1.2 Aspects of particular classes of materials, including where appropriate, the commercial, economic and social context

  • Metals:  Overview of properties and processing

  • Polymers:  principal classes, glass transition temperature, typical properties, processing and cost

  • Ceramics:  engineering and traditional ceramics (including concrete); processing and properties (strength, "static fatigue", thermal shock

  • Composites

  • Timber

  • Concrete

2. Statics

  • Equilibrium and free body diagrams (2D structures and systems)

  • Trusses (method of joints, 2D determinate systems)

  • Bending moment and shear force diagrams in beams (determinate straight beams, concentrated and uniformly distributed loads, using equilibrium)

  • Properties of areas (centre of gravity/area, second moment of area about an axis and point)

  • Direct normal and shear stress

  • Bending stresses in beams

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAMINATION (2 hours) 80

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment

Examination [Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4]. Note that the Examination is online, and takes place in under invigilated conditions on campus.

Coursework [Learning outcomes 1,2,3,4]

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative verbal feedback is provided through tutorials where students are provided with individual comments on how they have approached solving problems; students are also provided with written solutions which provide a thorough exposition of the correct solution to the problems and also an indication of the various steps in the solution where it may have been possible to go astray and hence produce an incorrect answer. For selected topics there are  self-assessment exercises provided through the virtual learning environment.. 

Module aims

  • To define and discuss the main mechanical properties and durability of engineering materials and to review the salient features of the main classes of materials in the context of these properties. In addition, factors relating to materials selection and design, processing and sustainability will be addressed.
  • To provide students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of engineering analysis, as applied to the strength and stiffness of statically determinate structures with uniaxial stress fields.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a qualitative understanding of the mechanical behaviour of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites and the parameters which govern the use of these materials in engineering applications K C13
002 Apply appropriate mathematical and scientific models to problems in material performance and materials selection and appreciate the significance of the assumptions in these models C C1
003 Explain the principle of static equilibrium C C1
004 Solve for stresses in simply loaded 2D trusses, 1D beams and stresses in members under bending loads C C1

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module introduces the fundamentals of Engineering Materials for the MEng and BEng programmes in Civil Engineering, including a wide variety of applications. In addition, the module introduces the basis for structural mechanics leading to topics in Structural Engineering at FHEQ Level 5, 6 and 7 The learning and teaching methods consist of a mix of weekly lectures, tutorials in smaller groups focused around practical exercises, and captured content.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Surrey's Curriculum Framework is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills, and capabilities in the following areas: 

Sustainability: This module provide fundamental knowlege of materials and statics the knowledge and understanding of engineering sustainable solutions over the whole life of assets such as buildings, structures, roads, etc. The need to balance materials selection, detailed design to allow favourable end-of-life decommissioning options and ensure adequate durability over time are explored in detail. 

Resourcefulness and Resilience: Through both face-to-face tutorials and (mediated) on-line discussions students are encouraged to work together to create supportive networks that reflect the collaborative nature they will encounter when working on Civil Engineering projects as a graduate. 

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.